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Movers & Shakers

Jan Ignash takes helm as interim chancellor

Following Frank Brogan's departure, longtime higher education official Jan Ignash has been named interim chancellor of Florida's state university system.

Ignash, whose appointment was approved Sept. 12th by the Board of Governors, will oversee the state's 12 public universities.

Brogan's second in command moved to Florida 18 months ago. Before that, she was deputy director and chief academic officer of Washington state's Higher Education Coordinating Board. Ignash said she will not apply for the permanent job.

New chair for AIF

Mike Hightower, Florida Blue's vice president for governmental and legislative affairs, has been named the new board chairman for Associated Industries of Florida. He was voted in during the AIF Board of Directors annual conference on Aug. 21.

Hightower, of Jacksonville, holds leadership and board positions with several community and service organizations, including Enterprise Florida, Florida College System Foundation and Florida Ounce of Prevention.

Jeb Bush Jr. takes leadership role in PAC

Jeb Bush Jr. was among 20 lawyers and business and community leaders named co-chairmen of the Maverick PAC Florida, part of a national organization to engage young Republicans in the political process.

"MayPAC is changing the game by helping to elect a new generation of Republican that will help put our country back on track," Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a press release.

Capital staffers on the move

Gov. Rick Scott has a new deputy chief of staff, Geoffrey Becker, who moves into the post held by Karen Zeiler, who is now the senior vice president of the Florida Hospital Association.

Becker was the Southeast government affairs director for Endo Health Solutions.

Jessica Cary, who has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, is the new communications director for the Department of Corrections.

A graduate of florida State University, Cary replaces Ann Howard, who left to work in the private sector, according to the Department.

Jennifer Langston left the Department of Legislative Affairs to join the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She replaces Matthew Montgomery, who left to work for a private firm, Brown & Brown.

Jo Morris is the new director of legislative and cabinent affairs for the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. She previously served as a governmental analyst for the Florida Department of Health and she worked for the Office of Policy and Budget as well as the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Michael Cantens leads expansion of lobbing firm

The lobbying firm, Corcoran & Johnston, has opened a South Florida office to be led by Michael Cantens, former director of legislative affairs for the Florida Department of Health.

For Cantens, it's a return to Miami -- he began his career there, more than 10 years ago as an aide to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz. Cantens also worked for former State Rep. Marcelo Llorente.

Scott appointments

The governor has made one appointment and two reappointments to the Environmental Regulation Commission. Anna Dooley, 67, executive director for Greenscape of Jacksonville, is a new appointment.

Scott reappointed Mike Bauer, 62, the natual resources manager for Naples, and Cari Roth, 55, an attorney with Bryant Miller Olive PA.

Florida Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Control for Southern Regional Education.

The board was created in 1948 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization to improve public education at all levels in the 16 southern states it serves. The board includes the governor and four gubernatorial appointees from each member state, including at least one legislator and one educator.

Scott reappoints Dr. Steven Scott to the University of Florida Board of Trustees. Scott, 65, of Boca Raton, is the chairman of Scott Holdings LLC. He has served on the UF Boad of Trustees for five years. He has previously served on the Duke University and Wake Forest Boards.

Gary K. HunterJr. has been appointed to the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Hunter, 46, of Tallahassee is a shareholder with Hopping Green and Sams, P.A. He succeeds Michael J. Glazer on the commission.

Bruce t. Haddock, Larry J. McIntyre and Debra Waters have been named to the State Emergency Response Commission.

Haddock, 62, is Oldsmar's city manager. McIntyre, 57, of Tallahassee, is an emergency coordinating officer at the Department of Economic Opportunity. Waters, 57, of Monticello, is Mosaic Company's manager of environmental regulatory strategy.

Robert Atkins and Hans Wilson have been appointed to the state Boating Advisory Council. Atkins, 61, of Merritt Island, is a former senior manager of KSC Operations for Lockheed Martin. He succeeds Joanne Mogle. Wilson, 56, of Fort Myers, is an engineer with Hans Wilson and Associates. He succeeds Joseph Lewis on the council.

Tia Mitchell contributed to this article.