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Movers & Shakers: University turnover, new hires at DEO



Bernie Machen to retire as UF president

Lots of changes in the university system announced this week.

For starters, University of Florida President Bernie Machen announced his plans to retire in 2013.

The 68-year-old Machen, president of The Gator Nation since 2004, will stay at UF as a professor of dentistry, according to a university press release.

He announced the news during a meeting Friday, when he also announced he would ask for a 9 percent tuition hike—short of the 15 percent increase the university can seek under state law.

The university will begin its search for Machen’s replacement next month, a process expected to take six months to one year. Machen, who earns a salary of $433,000, said he will stay on until his successor is selected.

UF College of Journalism and Communications hires dean

Today, Machen made another important announcement: Diane McFarlin will be the new dean of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications.
The UF graduate was managing editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune by 31. She moved to The Gainesville Sun to fill the role of executive editor in 1987 and returned to the Herald-Tribune in 1990, where she served as executive editor and then publisher, according to the university press release.

“Diane has a comprehensive view of the rapidly changing media industry and the challenges it faces,” Machen said. “As the publisher of a major media operation, she understands not just journalism but also advertising, broadcast media, online media, public relations – everything represented in the College of Journalism and Communications.”

Current Dean John Wright plans to leave his position to return to faculty in 2013, the release states. Wright earns $233,522.

Allan Bense named new chairman of FSU Board of Trustees

The Florida State University Board of Trustees elected Trustee Allan Bense as chairman of FSU’s board of trustees.

Bense, a former House speaker and prominant businessman, will replace Wm. Andrew Haggard, who was first appointed to the Florida State Board of Trustees in 2002 by Gov. Jeb Bush and served as vice chairman from 2004-2005. Bense was re-appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007, according to the FSU website.

New hires at DEO

Carolyn Gosselin will replace Nancy Blum-Heintz as chief communications officer for the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Gosselin has more than 25 years of marketing, crisis communications, media and government relations experience, according to the agency.

She also served as senior vice president and chief communications officer for CNL Financial Group, Inc., a real estate investment company in Orlando, and spent 10 years in marketing and public relations at SunTrust Bank.

DEO also hired Joe Maleszewski as its inspector general. He replaces James Mathews.

Maleszewski is a 20-year veteran of state government and spent the past six years as audit director and interim inspector general at the Department of Transportation. There, he oversaw 7,425 state employees, a $6.5 billion budget, and a $33.8 billion five-year construction work program, according to DEO.

Gosselin will earn $100,000 per year in the new position and Maleszewski will earn $108,222.

Weatherford hires Mears, Duffy

Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, named Kathy Mears as his chief of staff.

Mears, who comes from her post as vice president of On 3 public relations in Tallahassee, is an experienced player in state government. 

She served high-level positions under former House Speaker Daniel Webster and former Senate presidents Tom Lee and Ken Pruitt. She was also deputy chief of staff and legislative director for former Gov. Charlie Crist.

“Kathy is a true professional with invaluable experience in the highest levels of state government and the private sector,” Weatherford said in a news release. “As my chief of staff, she will play a central role in helping the Florida House develop solutions to address the many challenges facing our state. 

Weatherford also named Ryan Duffy as his press secretary. Duffy has handled press for the Florida House, and written speeches for former Gov. Jeb Bush and former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez.

Movers and Shakers is a weekly roundup of personnel changes in politics and state agencies. Send tips to or via twitter at britt_alana.


[Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 5:05pm]


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