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Movers and Shakers: Romney hires Jeb press flack, UF Board of Trustees chairman resigns



Romney campaign appoints deputy communications director

Kristy Campbell is joining presidential contender Mitt Romney’s campaign as the deputy communications director for media affairs.

Campbell, the national communications director of the American Conservative Union, was previously press secretary to former Gov. Jeb Bush and then for Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.

UF Board of Trustees Chairman resigns

University of Florida Board of Trustees Chairman Carlos Alfonso is resigning.

First appointed by former Gov. Bush, Scott gave him the nod to stay on last year.  However, Alfonso, a founding trustee in 2001, left with the understanding that Gov. Rick Scott would not reappoint him.

Enterprise Florida's Sports Development division hires new vice president

Greg Ungru is the new vice president of development for Enterprise Florida’s Sports Development division, a part of the Florida Sports Foundation.

His duties will include pinpointing prospective partners, raising revenue and identifying signature events for Florida Sports to own and manage.

Previously, Ungru was deputy chief of staff for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He’s also spent about a decade in government and public sector roles.

Turnover continues at DOH

The Florida Department of Health faces more high-profile resignations.

Rose Leah Gardner resigned this week as the agency’s "in-house expert in state and federal financial assistance oversight and Florida Single Audit laws and compliance.”

Annette Phelps also resigned.

In a letter to interim state Surgeon General Steven Harris, Phelps said she was instrumental in the development of several programs, including Healthy Start, Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviews, and Pregnancy Associated Mortality Reviews.

“I regret that I will not be a part of the next phases of movement toward public health accreditation and and implementation of reorganization of the department,” she wrote.

Phelps, who earned high evaluation scores, will take five weeks of paid leave and holidays before transitioning to another health care organization, she wrote.

The changes come as the department undergoes massive reorganization mandated in this year's legislative session.

New executive director at Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice

Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice hired Steven Hammond as its new executive director.

He's held several private and public sector provisions, including at the Florida Department of Revenue. Hammond, who once started a prison ministry in Kansas, frequently visits death row inmates and conducts weekly services at the Wakulla Correctional Institution.

Movers and Shakers is a weekly chronicle of personnel changes in Tallahassee. Send tips to [email protected] or via twitter at britt_alana.

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 3:02pm]


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