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Gov. Rick Scott launches national search for Florida Polytechnic trustees

Florida Polytechnic University might not be much now. Its stated goal, after all, is to have 1,244 students on the rolls by 2016. But Gov. Rick Scott wants to push Florida's brand new 12th university, pushed into creation amid much political divisiveness, to big things.

So on the same day that USF Polytechnic held its final graduation ceremony, the governor announced a national trustee search for the school that USF Poly is to become. His press release made clear that applicants need not live anywhere near Florida.

"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," Scott said in the release. "I look forward to calling on talented and visionary individuals who will set Florida Polytechnic on a path toward world-class excellence."

The trustees will have the responsibility to take the school forward. Scott gets to pick six of them, while the Board of Governors will choose five. One faculty member and the student body president also will serve.

Interested? Find the application form here. And be sure to have it arrive at the governor's appointments office (The Capitol Building, 7th Floor, Suite 705
 Tallahassee FL 32399-0001) by the 5 p.m. May 31 deadline.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 6:20am]


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