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Board of Governors names Fla. Poly trustee finalists

11:49 AM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA BAY, Fla.-- Florida's Board of Governors has set a schedule for Wednesday interviews of the 10 finalists for the new Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) Board of Trustees.  None of the candidates 10 News identified as having failed to disclose possible conflicts of interest made the list of finalists.

The Board of Governors (BOG) will name five of the 13 trustees for the fledgling institution in Lakeland after Wednesday's interviews in Orlando.

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Included on the list of finalists are several elected officials in Polk County, a former Board of Governors member, and several leaders from local businesses:

  • Daphne Ullman, a Tampa business consultant, certified CPA, and adjunct professor at the University of Tampa
  • Sandra Green Featherman, a Palm Beach County resident and President Emeritus of New England College
  • Frank Martin, a former Board of Governors member, Clermont resident, and vice president at engineering/design firm Atkins Global
  • Robert Scaringe, a Rockledge resident who runs Mainstream Engineering Corporation
  • Trudy Block, a Polk City Councilor, who plans to resign her post if selected as an FPU trustee
  • Richard Shaheen, a Jupiter resident and Senior Director at Florida Power & Light
  • John Hendricks, a Sarasota engineer who is a partner with consulting firm Strategic Tech. Int'l 
  • Richard Hallion, Jr., an Air Force veteran from Shalimar who has worked as an aerospace analyst and museum curator/historian
  • Donald Wilson, a Bartow attorney
  • Bob English, a Polk Co. Commissioner whose term expires in November

The Board of Governors could choose its five trustees as early as Thursday.  These members would start making decisions for Florida Polytechnic fairly immediately, even though their positions wouldn't be officially confirmed until the Legislature returns for session in 2013.

As first reported by 10 News, Governor Scott has already started interviewing candidates for his six nominations, including at least one with a possible conflict of interest.  The other two members of the 13-person board of trustees would come from a student representative and a faculty representative.

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: 10 News' Coverage of USF/Florida Poly

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