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Scott taps three for universities Board of Governors

Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Ava Parker to the Board of Governors running the state university system, his office announced. He named two others: health care plan executive Joseph Caruncho succeeding Ann Duncan, and banker Thomas Kuntz succeeding Stanley Marshall.

See release below.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Ava L. Parker and the appointments of Joseph L. Caruncho and Thomas G. Kuntz to the Board of Governors of the State University System.


Parker, 49, of Jacksonville, has been a partner at Lawrence and Parker P.A. since 2000 and president of Linking Solutions Inc. since 2003. Previously, she was an assistant public defender from 1988 to 1991 and assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation from 1991 to 1995. In 2002, she was an aide to a Commissioner on the Public Service Commission. She currently serves on the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.  She has also served on the Jacksonville Housing Commission from 2002 to 2006, on the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2002, and as general counsel for Edward Waters College. Parker received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. She is reappointed for a term beginning January 19, 2012, and ending January 6, 2013.


Caruncho, 53, of Palmetto Bay, has been the co-founder and chief operating officer of Preferred Care Partners Inc. since 1996. Prior to founding the company, he was a corporate healthcare attorney representing clients in the healthcare industry for more than 13 years. He serves on the Florida International University (FIU) Center for Leadership Advisory Council and has been a member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and most recently served as the board’s chairperson. He has also served as a board member of the FIU Alumni Association, chairperson of the FlU College of Business Dean's Council, and is a founder of the FIU College of Medicine. Caruncho received an associate degree from Miami-Dade College, a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University. He succeeds Ann Duncan and is appointed for a term beginning January 19, 2012, and ending January 6, 2019.


Kuntz, 55, of Winter Park, has been president and chief executive officer of SunTrust Banks Inc. since 1999. Beginning his banking career with SunTrust in 1978 as a management associate, he later managed several different divisions of the bank’s operations. His extensive community involvement includes serving on the Scripps Florida Funding Corporation Board of Directors since 2011 and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Council of Governors since 2006.  In addition, he has served on the Rollins College Board of Trustees, has been a member of the Florida Council of 100 since 2005, and the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors since 2006, including serving as a past vice chairman. He served on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010 and the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004.  Kuntz received a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College. He succeeds J. Stanley Marshall and is appointed for a term beginning January 19, 2012, and ending January 6, 2019.


The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.