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Board of Governors seeking applicants for 22 trustee positions

When she wasn’t running an Ocala real estate business, Carolyn Roberts spent the past two decades devoted to higher education in Florida in one role or another.

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When she wasn’t running an Ocala real estate business, Carolyn Roberts spent the past two decades devoted to higher education in Florida in one role or another. Facts Interested? Office of the ChancellorBoard of GovernorsAttn: Corporate Secretary325 WGaines Street, Suite 1614Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400Fax : (850) 245-9685 orEmail : She first was appointed to the Board of Regents in 1989, and served until 1994, and was reappointed in 2001She was one of the first appointed to the Florida Board of Governors when it was created to oversee the state university system in 2003.For the past four years she has served on the University of Florida Board of Trustees, a term that expires in JanuaryShe previously served on the board of directors at UF Health Shands Hospital.“To me there is nothing more important than having a great university system,” Roberts said last week, still contemplating whether she will apply for another term.University trustees are limited to two five-year terms, and incumbents completing their first term must reapply if they want to serve another term.The Florida Board of Governors is seeking applicants for 22 positions opening on the state’s 12 university boards of trusteesThe deadline for applying is Sept30.Each university has a 13-member board responsible for setting the university’s financial policies and budget, “implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the university's mission, performance evaluation and developing a process meeting state policy, budgeting and education standards,” according to the Florida Constitution.“Above all, we are looking for trustee applicants who are committed to the well-being and success of our students and to being good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser III said Monday“Furthermore, applicants should be ready to help execute the performance goals of the State University System and of the institution they wish to represent.” A board news release described being a trustee as a unique opportunity to “help shape the future of the second largest public university system in the country.”UF and Florida A&M University each have one vacancyTwo vacancies exist at each of the following universities: Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida Polytechnic, Florida State, New College, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, and University of West Florida.Six members of each university board are chosen by the governor of Florida, and five are selected by the Board of GovernorsAll are subject to confirmation by the Florida SenateThe other two positions are reserved for the faculty senate president and student body president.All applicants are subject to an initial Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check.There is no state residency requirement, and trustees receive no pay, but they can be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.General qualifications, according to the Board of Governors, include prior experience on any for-profit or non-profit boards, business experience, other relevant public service, a willingness to carry out the duties of a trustee, knowledge of university operations and the role of the Board of Governors and personal integrity.Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini said the board is looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, diverse and committed to “raising the bar” for the universities.“Our system is working better together than ever before, and our trustees are a huge part of that effort,” Hosseini said. Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print editionAll rights reservedThis

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