New Florida Poly trustees meet for the first time
ORLANDO — A blank canvas, a new opportunity, a serious challenge, a big investment: Whichever way you look at it, the creation of Florida’s 12th university won’t be an easy one.
That was the message Wednesday as Florida Polytechnic University’s first leaders met for the first time.
Miles away from the university’s nearly greenfield site in Polk County, they huddled in a Orlando conference room and heard about all the university ingredients that are still a long ways from coming together. That includes accreditation, professors, students, sports teams and a completed campus.
There was barely a mention of the political battle that bore Florida Poly in the span of a few months – when one powerful state senator, budget chairman JD Alexander, pushed the idea to fruition past a chorus of objections earlier this year. Gov. Rick Scott signed the new university into law in April.
Instead, there was hope.
“So many people were for the Polytechnic, and there are many people against it. But there was a law passed. And now that the law passed, we all need to get behind it,” Board of Governors member Mori Hosseini told the new trustees. “You are the first board members of the Polytech, and forever you will be known as who made this university successful, or who did not go far.
“Make a difference. Make a change.”
The meeting is expected to continue most of the day.