Interviews for Florida Poly trustee finalists to be done this week
The Florida Board of Governors will interview up to a dozen finalists for the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
The in-person interviews for the five slots of the 13-member board will take place in Orlando, at the Hyatt Regency at the Orlando International Airport, the board said Monday. The names and applications of those finalists were not yet available.
More than 70 people applied to the board. Mostly from Polk County, they include former lawmakers, business leaders and local public figures.
The trustees will face quite the challenge.
Florida Polytechnic University was established as the state's 12th university via a law last session that was pushed by Senate Budget chairman JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Using resources from the campus previously known as the University of South Florida Polytechnic, the new independent university now must build itself up from scratch -- without accreditation, students or buildings.
Scott spent a full day late last month interviewing seven applicants for the six slots for which he's responsible. According to the interview schedule (attached), he spent 10 minutes with each person:
- Brian Philpot, Lakeland real estate investor and head of Land South Group
- Mark Bostick, president of Auburndale transportation logistics firm Comcar Industries
- Jim Abrahamson, a retired U.S. Air Force general and NASA alumnae
- Scott Hammack, president of computer defense company Prolexic, of Naples
- Kevin Hyman, executive vice president of communications for Bright House Networks, of Winter Haven
- Rob Gidel, of Windermere, a partner of Liberty Capital Advisors and member of Workforce Florida, the University of Florida Foundation board of directors and others
- Ann Duncan, of Tarpon Springs, the president of Vertical Integrations real estate consulting company and a former member of the Florida Board of Governors. (Duncan was on the board when it voted to allow USF Poly to become independent. She voted yes.)