Governor Scott Calls for Applications to Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic University

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced a national search for prospective appointees to the charter Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland. By law, applicants do not need to live within close proximity of a Florida public university to serve on its Board of Trustees.

“As we work to make Florida the best state in the nation for businesses to expand and create jobs, we must have a globally competitive education system that will turn out leaders in technology and innovation,” Governor Scott said. “I look forward to calling on talented and visionary individuals who will set Florida Polytechnic on a path toward world-class excellence.”

On April 20, Governor Scott signed legislation that immediately created Florida Polytechnic University as a new institution in the State University System of Florida. The legislation includes certain benchmarks to be achieved by Dec. 31, 2016:

• Achieve accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
• Initiate the development of the new programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
• Seek discipline-specific accreditation for programs.
• Attain a minimum FTE (student headcount or full-time equivalent enrollment) of 1,244, with a minimum 50 percent of that FTE in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and 20 percent in programs related to those fields.
• Complete facilities and infrastructure, including the Science and Technology Building, Phase I of the Wellness Center, and a residence hall or halls containing no fewer than 190 beds.
• Have the ability to provide, either directly or where feasible through a shared services model, administration of financial aid, admissions, student support, information technology, and finance and accounting with an internal audit function.

As with the other 11 institutions in the State University System, the 13-member Board of Trustees is responsible for developing cost-effective policy and for implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the university’s mission. The Boards of Trustees also are responsible to meet state policy, budgeting and education standards. The Governor appoints six members to each Board of Trustees, and the Board of Governors of the State University System appoints five members. In addition, one faculty member and the Student Body President of the university also serve.

A link to the Governor’s application can be found on the Governor’s website at The direct link to the application is Applications should be received by the Governor’s appointments office at the address below by May 31 at 5 p.m.:

Governor’s Appointments Office
The Capitol Building, 7th Floor, Suite 705
Tallahassee FL 32399-0001


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