Shouldn’t JD Alexander be on the Board of Trustees at Florida Polytechnic University?

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The Board of Governors is looking for future members of the Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic University, it announced Tuesday.

Well, I know the perfect person to serve.

Senator JD Alexander.

Doesn’t Sen. deserve/need to be on this board?

Agree with the decision to create Florida Polytech or not, no one has had more to do with the decision than Senator Alexander.  No one will be a more forceful advocate for FPU than him.  No one will likely be a more prodigious fundraiser.  No one, presumably, cares more about this university succeeding than JD.

A source close to Sen. Alexander says that, indeed, he has been asked by those in the community to serve on the board, but he is not seeking a trustee seat.

Applications for trustee positions, which will be filled through a national search, have to be turned in by May 31 at 5 p.m. That’s a little more than a month before the Lakeland campus is set to become independent of the University of South Florida.

“There are very complex and very real challenges for these charter members as they set a vision and the strategy to ‘break the mold,’ meet the benchmarks and open the doors,” Board of Governors Chairman Dean Colson said in a new release. “Yet there is also a remarkable opportunity for unprecedented achievements — the national recognition for this institution may well spawn new ideas for the delivery of public higher education.”

I figure this is JD’s baby.  Let’s see how he does with fatherhood.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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