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.