Gilzean, 29, of St. Petersburg, has been the executive director of Educate Today Inc. since 2009. Previously, he was a regional field director for the Florida Department of Education from 2006 to 2009. Gilzean has served on the Florida Department of Education School Choice Parent Advisory Committee and as chair of the Hillsborough Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council. He served on the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and district staff for State Representative Ed Homan. His additional board membership includes the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Florida Attorney General’s Gang Reduction Task Force and the Florida Afterschool Network. Gilzean is a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstone Family Ministries. He received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida.
“Glen’s commitment to education was instilled in him by his parents, who came to this country from Jamaica,” Governor Scott said. “He has dedicated much of his life to ensuring Florida students have the opportunity to learn and achieve in the classroom.”
Gilzean fills the vacancy created by the death of School Board Member Lew Williams and will serve until November 19, 2012.