Apply Now to be Trustee on Florida Polytechnic University Board


Gov. Rick Scott has issued a call for applicants to be charter members of the board of trustees for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.  

“As we work to make Florida the best state in the nation for businesses to expand and create jobs, we must have a globally competitive education system that will turn out leaders in technology and innovation,” Scott stated in a release. “I look forward to calling on talented and visionary individuals who will set Florida Polytechnic on a path toward world-class excellence.”

The University of South Florida-Polytechnic campus in Lakeland becomes Florida Polytechnic University on July 1.

By law, applicants do not need to live within close proximity of a Florida public university to serve on its board of trustees.

On April 20, Gov. Scott signed legislation that immediately created Florida Polytechnic University as a new institution in the State University System of Florida.

The chamber class of trustees will have to help the new university reach the following benchmarks by Dec. 31, 2016:

• Achieve accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

• Initiate the development of the new programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

• Seek discipline-specific accreditation for programs.

• Attain a minimum FTE (student headcount or full-time equivalent enrollment) of 1,244, with a minimum 50 percent of that FTE in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and 20 percent in programs related to those fields.

• Complete facilities and infrastructure, including the Science and Technology Building, Phase I of the Wellness Center, and a residence hall or halls containing no fewer than 190 beds.

• Have the ability to provide, either directly or where feasible through a shared services model, administration of financial aid, admissions, student support, information technology, and finance and accounting with an internal audit function.

Scott appoints six of the 13 members, with the Board of Governors of the State University System appointing five members. One faculty member and the student body president of the university also serve.

Applications are due May 31 at 5 p.m.

For information visit www.flgov.com/appointments.

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