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Scott calls for Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees applicants

Gov. Rick Scott is looking to appoint a charter Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic.

Scott signed the state's 12th university into law only weeks ago and announced the national search today in a press release.

“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 said. “I look forward to calling on talented and visionary individuals who will set Florida Polytechnic on a path toward world-class excellence.”

The university is slated to focus on science, technology, math and science, known as STEM. The 13-member board will be responsible for meeting state policy, budgeting and education standards and implementing programs consistent with the university's mission, the release states.

The governor appoints six members to each Board of Trustees, and the Board of Governors of the State University System appoints five members. One faculty member and the student body president of the university also serve.

The board is also charged with helping the university meet certain benchmarks by Dec. 31, 2016. Those include:
·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.