Scott appoints Jacksonville food wholesaler to state Board of Education
Gary Chartrand of Ponte Vedra Beach is the executive chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing. Chartand, who was on Scott's education transition team, is Scott's second appointee to the board, which oversees K-12 schools and community colleges in the state. (Scott re-appointed Dr. Akshay Desai earlier this month.)
The board, which recently lost its chairman, will give an up or down vote to Scott's pick for commissioner, one of the few jobs anywhere in the state that has had trouble attracting applicants.
Chartrand, who will turn 57 on May 31, is also chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and has helped finance Teach for America and the KIPP charter school program. "When it comes down to it, we're losing business because of the schools," he told the Jacksonville Times-Union in June 2010.
Chartrand also self published his business book on business, "Unreasonable Leadership." (Mitt Romney called it "smart and thought-provoking in a blurb.) He replaces T. Willard Fair, the board chairman who resigned in frustration.