The Board of Governors made it official today by unanimously approving Marshall Criser III as the next state university system chancellor.
His first day will be Jan. 6.
After the vote, 55-year-old Criser addressed the board and outlined his vision for the 12 public universities he will now oversee. He said Chancellor Frank Brogan, who stepped down in September to take a similar job in Pennsylvania, worked with the board to create a foundation Criser plans to build upon.
"It is incredible to me the team that is a part of this Board of Governors and the professionals that are there, the competence that is there, and the day-in-and-day-out committment that they make to our state that make this something that is incredibly attractive to me," Criser said of the chancellor job.
He said he will build on that foundation by establishing additional accountability measures to help demostrate the value of investing in Florida's higher education system and to share that story with Florida families and taxpayers.
Although his salary will be negotiated, the board authorized a match to what Brogan earned: $357,000 a year.
Criser, his wife Kimberly and their children will be moving to Tallahassee from Miami. He will resign from his position as president of AT&T Florida, a company he has worked for his entire professional career.