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Scott appoints former utility commissioner, legislative staffer to Board of Govs

On the heels of a tumultuous legislative session for the state university system, Gov. Rick Scott just announced a new appointment to the Florida Board of Governors, which sets policy for the state's public universities.

Matthew M. Carter, a lawyer and U.S. Army veteran who most recently served as a Senate senior staff director, will replace Frank Martin, a transportation expert with Atkins Global, according to a news release from the Governor's office.

Carter was rejected for reappointment to the PSC by former Gov. Charlie Crist. He has since returned to the legislature, as staff director for the Senate's Communications, Energy and Utilities Committee. He previously worked in the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Department of Management Services, the Florida Department of Insurance, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Department of Business Regulation.

He has also practiced law, spent time as a stock broker and financial consultant, and founded Carter Ministries Inc, an evangelical Christian organization that puts on conferences, workshops and speaking events, according to its web site.

He served in the U.S. Army, on both active and reserve duty, from 1971 to 1974 and 1978 to 1983. He has an associate degree from Tallahassee Community College, bachelor's and law degrees from Florida State University and a doctoral degree from Gulf Coast College and Seminary.

The appointment still requires confirmation from the Florida Senate.

The Board of Governors meets Wednesday and Thursday at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville.

-- Kim Wilmath