Crist boots Jeb appointees from universities board
Gov. Charlie Crist is shaking up the board that oversees Florida universities, replacing the current and former chairs plus two other members -- all of them originally appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Gone are former chairwoman Carolyn Roberts of Ocala and current chair Sheila McDeviit of St. Petersburg. Also ousted were John Dasburg and Zachariah P. Zachariah, a Fort Lauderdale cardiologist who donates generously to the Bush family and is under S.E.C. scrutiny for alleged insider trading.
Crist did reappoint Ava Parker, the board's vice chairwoman. Crist, who attended today's BOG meeting in Tampa to unveil his higher education budget, named Parker plus five new members, including his higher education adviser Dean Colson and Daytona Beach developer Morteza “Mori” Hosseini, a frequent donor and member of the Florida Council of 100.
The other new appointments:
- Realtor Richard A. Beard III, 66, of Tampa, a longtime member of the Florida Council of 100 and the founding chairman of the USF board of trustees.
- Patricia Frost, 72, of Miami Beach, a longtime teacher and principal in the Miami-Dade County public schools. She is currently a trustee at Florida International University.
- John Rood, 54, of Jacksonville, chairman of the Vestcor Cos. and former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas. He was vice chair, chairman and commissioner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission from 1999 to 2004.