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Rick Scott makes 17 appointments to university boards

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On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 17 appointments to a variety of Florida university boards. Each of the following are subject to Florida Senate approval.

Florida International University Board of Trustees

Scott began by naming Marc Sarnoff to the Florida International University Board of Trustees.

Sarnoff, 55, of Miami, is an attorney with Shutts and Bowen. He previously served as a Commissioner of the City of Miami from 2006 to 2015. Sarnoff succeeds Mayi de la Vega for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees

Scott next made two appointments and one reappointment to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees.

Darleen Cors, 74, of Naples, is the president of the Naples Community Church Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a member of the League Club Inc. Cors previously served as the vice president for development of Capital Caring and as president of the Junior League of Northern Virginia. She is appointed to a vacant seat for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Carol Moore, 54, of Naples, is the co-founder and former chairman and director of the Royal Palm Academy. Moore received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College. She succeeds Richard Klass for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Russell Priddy, 60, of Immokalee, is a co-manager with JB Ranch. He currently serves as a member of the Lee County Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees and previously served as a Collier County Planning Commissioner. Priddy is reappointed for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees

Scott then announced the appointment of Dr. Malcolm Dorman and the reappointment of Abdol Moabery to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees.

Dorman, 73, of West Palm Beach, is an attending cardiovascular surgeon at Malcom J. Dorman, MD. He is currently a clinical professor at Nova Southeastern University and a member of the Florida Atlantic University Medical Advisory Board. Dorman succeeds Julius Teske for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Moabery, 48, of Delray Beach, is the founder, president and chief executive officer of GA Telesis LLC. He is currently the chairman of the scholarship committee for the Wings Club Foundation and serves as chairman of the strategic planning committee and the athletic sub-committee at Florida Atlantic University. Moabery is reappointed for a term beginning March 24, 2016, and ending January 6, 2021.

University of South Florida Board of Trustees

Scott announced two appointments and one reappointment to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees.

Michael Carrere, 66, of Tampa, is the former chief executive officer of Lykes Brothers Inc. He previously served as a member of the St. Mary’s School board of trustees and as president of the Boy Scouts of America Gulf Ridge Council. Carrere succeeds Debbie Sembler and is appointed for a term ending January 6, 2021.

James Stikeleather, 62, of Tampa, is the chief innovation officer of Dell Inc. He succeeds Stephen Mitchell and is appointed for a term ending January 6, 2021.

John Ramil, 60, of Tampa, is the president and chief executive officer of TECO Energy Inc. He previously served as a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and is a past chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Ramil is reappointed for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees

Scott announced three appointments and one reappointment to the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees.

Rear Admiral Philip Dur, 71, of Destin, retired in 2005 as a vice president of the Northrop Grumman Corporation and President of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. He previously served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1995. As a member of the United States Navy, Rear Admiral Dur served in a variety of roles including Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, the director of the Navy Strategy Division, commander of both the Battle Force Sixth Fleet and the Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight, United States Defense Attaché to the government of France, Executive Assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Secretary of the Navy, Commanding Officer of the USS Yorktown (CG-48), and a member of the National Security Council during President Reagan’s administration. During his time of military service, he received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the French “Ordre Nationale du Merite”, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Dur is appointed to a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2021.

Henry McCance, 73, of Lake Wales, is the former chief executive officer of Greylock Partners. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for both the Lake Wales Charter School Foundation and New Profit Incorporated. McCance is appointed to a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2021.

Clifford “Cliff” Otto, 66, of Lakeland, is the chief executive officer of Saddle Creek Logistics Services. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Trustees and as treasurer of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association. Otto is appointed to a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2021.

Mark Bostick, 61, of Lake Wales, is the president of Comcar Industries. He is currently a member of the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center Advisory Board, the Tulane University Business School Council, Winter Haven Hospital Board, and founding chairman of the Board of Trustees for All Saints’ Academy. Previously, he was appointed by Governor Bob Martinez to the Governor’s Commission on Reform and Education and served on the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. Bostick is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2020.

Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University Board of Trustees

Scott announced the appointment of Belvin Perry Jr. to the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University Board of Trustees.

Perry Jr., 66, of Orlando, is an attorney with Morgan and Morgan PA. He currently serves as a member of the Florida A&M University College of Law Board of Visitors and the 100 Black Men of Orlando Inc. Perry previously served as the chief judge in Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. He succeeds Belinda Shannon for a term ending January 6, 2021.

University North Florida Board of Trustees

Finally, Scott announced three appointments to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees.

Wilfredo Gonzalez, 72, of Jacksonville, is the district director of the United States Small Business Administration. He previously served as a member of the Quality Education for Minorities Board of Directors. Gonzalez succeeds Margaret Pappas for a term ending January 6, 2020.

Kevin Hyde, 53, of Jacksonville, is a partner with Foley and Lardner, LLP. He previously served as president of the Jacksonville City Council and chair of the Florida Bar Labor Employment Section. Hyde succeeds Myron Pincomb for a term ending January 6, 2021.

Stephen Joost, 53, of Jacksonville, is a partner of Firehouse Subs. He previously served as president of the Jacksonville City Council. Joost succeeds William Lovett for a term ending January 6, 2021.

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