Awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's appointments, bay area college trustees stay on after terms expire
Four of the five trustees who govern St. Petersburg College remain in their posts even though their terms have expired.
So do three of the five trustees at Hillsborough Community College and six on the nine-member board of trustees at Pasco-Hernando Community College.
But that's a common situation at Florida state colleges, where more than 100 trustee posts await appointments by the governor's office.
At SPC, two trustees' terms ended in May. Two others expired more than a year ago.
As of last week, Gov. Rick Scott had appointed 32 trustees, for only eight of the 28 state colleges, though he has been in office since early January.
"When it comes to appointments, the governor has a lot on his plate," said Scott's press secretary, Lane Wright.
Statewide, the governor is responsible for appointing individuals to roughly 540 boards and commissions, each with a number of seats. He must not only fill vacancies that have occurred under his watch, but he's also catching up on a backlog of appointments left over from former Gov. Charlie Crist's administration, Wright said. Scott has made about 300 appointments to those statewide boards and commissions. But that still leaves more than 1,500 outstanding, Wright said.