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Poly trustees search wraps up with more than 80 applicants

Florida's higher education leaders are finally ready to pick the trustees for Florida's newest university. 

More than 80 people applied for the 11 spots on the Florida Polytechnic University board -- about 50 with the Florida Board of Governors, 40 with Gov. Rick Scott and more than a dozen with both. The Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, can appoint five people to the board, and Scott can appoint six.

After extending the deadline for the national search by five days, the Board of Governors said in a news release Tuesday that "everything is on track" to announce their choices at the next board meeting in two weeks. 

"These charter members have a unique responsibility to work with the Board of Governors in designing a new approach to higher education from a new perspective that emulates the ‘polytechnic’ model successful in other states and countries," said board member Mori Hosseini, who chairs the task force charged with overseeing the new university's creation.

All but two applicants are from Florida. Most come from Polk County. There are lawyers and consultants, retirees and academics. There are also elected officials and former state leaders in the mix, including Polk County commissioners, a former state senator and a couple former members of the Board of Governors. By law, university trustees cannot hold another public office simultaneously, so if any of those officials are chosen and want to serve Poly, they'll have to abdicate their other gigs. 

Here's a full list of the applicants with the BOG: 

  • Carol Alford, an internal auditor with Hillsborough Community College, from Lakeland
  • Eric Keith Allen, an attorney from Lakeland
  • Jack David Armstrong, the president of Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale
  • Tim Bach, president and owner of  Patterson/ Bach Communications Advertising Agency, from Apopka
  • Gregory Allen Bacon, an application specialist with Auralex Acoustics from Indianapolis
  • Trudy Alice Block, Polk City Councilor 
  • Roderic Ian Brame, an assistant professor from the campus formerly known as USF Polytechnic, from Land O'Lakes
  • Joshua Keith Brown, an attorney from Auburdale with Peterson/Myers
  • Curtis Buetow, a Davenport engineering manager with Powerteam Generation
  • Gary E. Clark, an independent consultant with CPS Investment Advisors
  • Ronald Lyle Clark, a Lakeland attorney with Clark, Campbell and Lancaster P.A., which previously represented USF Poly
  • Thomas Alexander Cloud, an Orlando attorney with Gray Robinson, which previously represented the owner of the land donated to the new USF Poly campus
  • Kyle Taylor Clyne, of Lakeland, a senior project manager with  Canco General Contractors 
  • John Larry Dicks, a Plant City attorney with Trinkle Redman
  • Ann Wilkins Duncan, of Tarpon Springs, president and founder of Vertical Integration, Inc., and a former member of the Board of Governors
  • Robert Elliott Emst, a business analyst with the Pallet One, Inc., manufacturing company from Auburndale
  • Robert F. English, the CEO of Valiant Products manufacturing and a Polk County commissioner
  • Jonathan Edward Evans, from Oldsmar, the assistant to the city manager of Largo
  • Mygnon Champion  Evans, a Lakeland attorney and owner of the Mygnon Evans Law Office
  • Sandra Green Featherman, a retiree from Highland Beach, and pas president of the University of New England
  • John Edward Fleming, of Winter Haven, president of Phoenix Industries, LLC
  • Carroll Blake  Gambrell, a Lakeland retiree
  • Robert LeGrande Gardner, of Lakeland, a current instructor at the former USF Poly campus
  • James Martin Grasse, of Lakeland, who works in concessions for the Delaware North Corporation
  • Winston Nichols Griffith, of Tallahassee, a program specialist with Leon County Schools
  • Richard Paul Hallion, Jr, a research associate in aeronautics with the National Air & Space Museum in Shalimar, FL
  • Neysa Hope Hatcher, of Winter Haven, the inspector in charge at the United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • Klaus H. Hemsath, a retired engineering company CEO from Palmetto
  • John Wayne Hendricks, a managing partner for Strategic Technologies from Sarasota
  • Robert Owen  Kincart, of Lakeland, a scientist and president of American Compliance Technology, Science & Engineering
  • Ralph Dace  Kimberlin, a retired professor and consultant from Winter Haven
  • Charles Alan Lewis, from Carrabelle, a consultant with SANA, LC, medical technology company
  • Frank Thomas Martin, of Clermont, senior vice president of Atkins North America and another former BOG member
  • Thomas Roe Oldt, of Winter Haven, president of Thomas Oldt Investment Services
  • Neal Lawrence O’Toole, a Lakeland attorney with Lilly, O’Toole & Brown
  • Terry Eugene  Pittman, of Eagle Lake, the CEO of Business Builders of America
  • Maurice A. Raymond, a Lakeland retiree and former chemical research director with Rhone-Poulenc
  • Joseph Rezendes, II, a senior security analyst with Franklin Templeton from Safety Harbor
  • Deborah Lynn Rhodes, an adjunct instructor at Palomar College from Lakeland
  • Kenneth Leon Riddle, supervisor of chemical programs at Lakeland Electric
  • James David Robinson, president and CEO of DSM Technology Consultants in Lakeland
  • John Franklin Roeser, Jr., retired VP at the Howard Johnson Company and American Can Company from Davenport, currently works for Walt Disney World's park event operations
  • Christopher David Russo, an Auburndale attorney with Moody Law, P.A.
  • Gregory A. Sanoba, president of the Sanoba Law Firm in Lakeland
  • Michael Scott Sapp, the CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, from Spring Hill
  • Robert Peter Scaringe, of Rockledge, FL, the president and CEO of Mainstream Engineering Corp.; R&D/Manufacturing
  • Richard Labib Shaheen, of Jupiter, FL,. the senior director of engineering & technical services at Florida Power & Lights
  • John Hugh Shannon, a Lakeland attorney with John Hugh Shannon, P.A.
  • Douglas Dean Sommer, an independent contractor from Lakeland
  • Eugene Swaney Strickland , Lakeland City Manager 
  • Jonathan Wade  Thompson, a Lakeland physical therapist
  • Patricia Daphne Ullman, of Tampa, a CPA with The Pearl Group, Inc., consulting firm
  • Adis Maria Vila, the chief diversity officer with the USAF Academy in Colorado
  • Donald Herbert  Wilson, a Homeland, Fl, attorney with Boswell & Dunlap

 

And with the Governor's office (at last count Monday afternoon):

  • Tracy Atkins, a researcher from Kissimmee
  • John Bertelan, a Retired adjunct professor at USF from Tarpon Springs
  • Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts, of Lakeland, the president of Blackmon-Roberts Group Inc.
  • Trudy Block, Polk City Councilor
  • Mark Bostick, of Lake Wales,president of Comcar Industries
  • Michael Brynjulfson, a CPA from Lakeland
  • Gary Clark, an independent consultant with CPS Investment Advisors from Lakeland
  • Ronald Clark a Lakeland attorney with Clark, Campbell and Lancaster P.A, which previously represented USF Poly
  • Thomas Alexander Cloud, an Orlando attorney with Gray Robinson, which previously represented the owner of the land donated to the new USF Poly campus
  • Joshua B. Crum, of St. Petersburg, who works in business development for Raymond James Financial 
  • Michael Demblewski, the AT&T manager at AT&T chief security office in Florida
  • John Dicks, a Plant City attorney, Trinkle Redman
  • Brian Duffy, from Houston, TX, the vice president and and program manager for Alliant Technologies
  • Robert F.  English, the CEO of Valiant Products manufacturing and a Polk County commissioner 
  • Mygnon Champion  Evans, a Lakeland attorney and owner of the Mygnon Evans Law Office 
  • Augustine Fragala, of Lake Wales, FL, with Powell, Fragala and Associates
  • Robert LeGrande Gardner, of Lakeland, a current instructor at the former USF Poly campus
  • John Grant, former Florida state Senator
  • Neil Greenwood, a Lakeland chemical engineer
  • Timothy Healey, of Tampa, president of Frontier Engineering
  • John Wayne Hendricks, a managing partner for Strategic Technologies from Sarasota 
  • Bob Henne, a Lake Wales retiree
  • Thomas Hilburn, a professor at Embry Riddle from Ormand Beach
  • Robert Sean Horrigan, a consultant with Hiachi data solutions in Auburndale 
  • Kevin Hyman, of Winter Haven, EVP of operations for Bright House
  • Joe Joseph, owner of Joseph Realty in Lakeland
  • Neal Lawrence O’Toole, a Lakeland attorney with Lilly, O’Toole & Brown
  • Robert Owen  Kincart, of Lakeland, a scientist and president of American Compliance Technology, Science & Engineering 
  • Charles Alan Lewis, from Carrabelle, a consultant with SANA, LC, medical technology company 
  • Leonard Mass, a real estate developer with Drummond Company from Lakeland
  • Raquelle Ministre a Lakeland doctor
  • Dennis Nistchke a Lakeland consultant
  • Don Overstreet, a retired air traffic controller from Mulberry
  • Brian Philpot, of Lakeland, principal and managing member of Land South company
  • Dell Quary, of Lakeland, with the School Board of Polk County
  • Kenneth Leon Riddle, supervisor of chemical programs at Lakeland Electric
  • James David Robinson, president and CEO of DSM Technology Consultants in Lakeland
  • Christopher David Russo, an Auburndale attorney with Moody Law, P.A. 
  • Gregory A. Sanoba, president of the Sanoba Law Firm in Lakeland 
  • Robert Peter Scaringe, of Rockledge, FL, the president and CEO of Mainstream Engineering Corp.; R&D/Manufacturing 
  • Richard Labib Shaheen, of Jupiter, FL,. the senior director of engineering & technical services at Florida Power & Lights 
  • Janice Stowell a Lakeland consultant for J. Kate Stowell
  • Eugene Swaney Strickland , Lakeland City Manager
  • Brian Thomas, of Lakeland, with Stryker Sustainability Solution
  • Jonathan Wade  Thompson, a Lakeland physical therapist
  • Donald Herbert Wilson, an attorney from Homeland, Fl

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 3:40pm]

    

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