Miami health care executive appointed to Florida university system board
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed a health care executive from Miami -- and one of his former policy advisers -- for a three-year term to the State University System's Board of Governors.
Dr. Fernando Valverde, 56, of Miami, fills a vacancy left by Elizabeth Webster, who resigned. Valverde is state regional president of Humana and previously was associate dean with the Florida International University College of Medicine.
After Scott was first elected in 2010, Valverde served as a senior advisor and member of Scott's transition team for the Department of Health.
Valverde's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. Valverde will finish out Webster's term, which ends Jan. 6, 2019.
The Board of Governors oversees Florida's 12 public universities with an enrollment of more than 300,000 students, more than 60,000 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of more than $8.5 billion.