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Richard "Dick" Beard, of Tampa, named chair of BOG's facilities committee



beard_photo.jpgRichard "Dick" Beard, who owns a Tampa real estate investment company and was a founding member of the University of South Florida's board of trustees, has been appointed chair of the Board of Governors' facilities committee, according to a news release.

The committee coordinates priorities for construction funding, maintenance needs or other capital improvement projects for Florida's 11 public universities. The vacancy for the committee's chair was created when Charlie Edwards resigned from the BOG this summer to accept an appointment to the University of Florida's board of trustees.

Beard (shown above), who received his bachelor's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is president and owner of the investment firm R.A. Beard Co. He has also served on the board of directors for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Health Science Center at Tampa General Hospital. And he is a member of the Florida Council of 100.

Beard joined the Board of Governors in 2010 and has served on both the facilities and legislative affairs committees. He also served on the Board of Regents, the precursor to the Board of Governors, which was created in 2002.

“Dick Beard has an enormous depth of experience in real estate and related industries that will provide a great expertise and value to the committee’s important work,” BOG chairwoman Ava Parker said in the statement.

Said Beard: “I am pleased to serve in this new capacity, and I am fully cognizant that we have very real challenges with past and future building and maintenance demands across the System at the 11 universities – and that those challenges will take all of our resolve to address. In this difficult economy, this area is one of the most critical issues affecting the future success of public higher education in Florida."

The Board's next meeting is next week at Florida International University in Miami.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1:36pm]


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