DeSantis announces appointment of a key transition advisory committee

by | Dec 6, 2018

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday the appointment of more than 40 members to a new transition committee, this one advising him on matters relating to education and workforce development. The group will be chaired by the head of the State Board of Education, Marva Johnson, and University of Florida Board of Trustees member, Mori Hosseini.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of education experts, including representatives from the state’s public school system, local school board members, and current and former leaders of Florida’s higher education system. Members also include education advocates and academics.

Among those appointed to the committee are former House speaker and Florida State University President John Thrasher, former local school official and Senate president Don Gaetz and former chief of staff for Gov. Rick Scott and education policy adviser Kim McDougal.

“These individuals will advise the Transition Team as they develop a plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ vision of ensuring that every student in Florida has the chance to get a world-class education and develop the skills they need to get a great job and pursue their dream,” the DeSantis transition team said in a statement announcing the appointment of the committee.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development include:

Dr. ELIZABETH M. BÉJAR; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida International University

Dr. DESMOND BLACKBURN; CEO, New Teacher Center

EMILY BOUCK; Policy & Advocacy Director, Higher Learning Advocates

The Honorable BOB CORTES; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives

BRENDA DICKINSON; President, Home Education Foundation

The Honorable ERIKA DONALDS; Former Board Member, Collier County School Board

AUBREY EDGE; President & CEO, First Coast Energy

T. WILLARD FAIR; President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami

Dr. ANGELA GARCIA FALCONETTI; President, Polk State College

Dr. ALVIN S. FELZENBERG; Presidential Historian & Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

BRUCE FERGUSON; President & CEO, CareerSource Northeast Florida

KEITH FLAUGH; Managing Director, Florida Citizens Alliance

The Honorable DON GAETZ; Former President, Florida Senate

ROBERT HAAG; President & CEO, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools


GREG HAILE; President, Broward College

BILL HEAVENER; Chairman, University of Florida Board of Trustees

WARREN HUDSON; President, Lake Highland Preparatory School

RUSSELL HUGHES; Superintendent, Walton County School District

Dr. ALLAN I. JACOB; Chairman & Chief Medical Officer, Physicians Dialysis

MIMI JANKOVITS; Executive Director, Teach Florida

JOHN KIRTLEY; Founder and Chairman, Step Up for Students

EUGENE LAMB; Board of Trustees, Tallahassee Community College

CRAIG MATEER; Founder & CEO, Bags, Inc.

Dr. KIM MCDOUGAL; Former Chief of Staff, Governor Rick Scott and Education Policy Expert

Dr. EDWARD MEADOWS; President, Pensacola State College

CONNIE MILITO; Chief Government Relations Officer, Hillsborough County Public Schools

KELI MONDELLO; Co-Founder & Board Chairman, LiFT Academy

STEVE MOORE; President, The Vestcor Companies, Inc.

Dr. ED MOORE; President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

The Honorable LUBBY NAVARRO; School Board Member, Miami-Dade County

LYNN NORMAN-TECK; Executive Director, Florida Charter School Alliance

Dr. MADELINE PUMARIEGA; Former Chancellor, Florida College System

RANDLE RICHARDSON; CEO, Accelerated Learning Solutions

LYN STANFIELD; Strategic Relations Manager, Apple

Rev. RICK STEVENS; Managing Director, Florida Citizens Alliance

The Honorable JOHN THRASHER; President, Florida State University

ANDY TUCK; Vice Chairman, Florida State Board of Educatio

FERNANDO ZULUETA; President, Academica Corporation




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