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Looking for Polytechnic Trustees, Florida Residency Not Needed

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Florida House of Representatives
Gov. Rick Scott addressing a crowd after the end of the 2012 legislature.

Florida is looking for a few good trustees for its new public university, Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland. The state's twelfth university was created by the legislature and approved by the governor April 20th, 2012.

Late Monday, the governor's office sent out a press release calling for a national search for potential trustees and state residency is not a requirement as the press release points out:

By law, applicants do not need to live within close proximity of a Florida public university to serve on its Board of Trustees.

Gov. Rick Scott initiated the call for Polytechnic trustees applicants with an eye toward creating a "globally competitive education system."

The trustees will have four and a half years to achieve accreditation and meet several other benchmarks such as enrolling 1,244 full-time students with more than half working on degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

The governor will appoint six trustees. Five are appointed by the Board of Governors of the State University System. A faculty member and the student body president fill out the 13 member board of trustees.

The deadline for applications for the governor's appointments is just over three weeks away, May 31 at 5 p.m. An application is available on the Governor’s website and there's a direct link to the application.