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Board of Governors hires Times education reporter

Tampa Bay Times education reporter Kim Wilmath is leaving journalism to be the spokeswoman with Florida's Board of Governors, which oversees the state's university system.

Wilmath will start her new position Sept. 4 and be paid $75,000 per year.

"Florida is fortunate to have a well-informed press corps covering higher education issues, and Kim has been among the best," state university system Chancellor Frank Brogan said in a Tuesday letter to the Board of Governors. "In her new role, she will help the Board further develop our relationships with members of the media and other public stakeholders to ensure that the System’s many complex and multi-faceted policy issues are presented in a clear and consistent manner."

Wilmath replaces Kelly Layman, who left the BOG in July to take a consulting job with Tallahassee-based electronic health records software company MedAffinity.