The new Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) is popular.
After an onslaught of applications, the deadline has been extended for anyone hoping to be on FPU’s Board of Trustees.
39 applications were received by yesterday’s deadline. Mori Hosseini, who chairs the Board of Governors (BOG) nominating committee, decided the late surge in applicants warranted some extra time. So, he extended the deadline for wanna-be trustees to 4 P.M. on Monday, June 4.
According to the BOG’s Kelly Layman, “Some of the applicants hold public elected offices or are current faculty or administrators. By state law, they would need to resign those positions if selected in order to serve on the Board of Trustees.” Layman said they are working to make applicants aware of the law.
BOG will appoint five members to the Board of Trustees. Gov. Rick Scott will choose six members, and the remaining two positions will be filled by a faculty leader and the student body president.
The deadline extension came just hours after dozens of Polk County business and community leaders rallied yesterday to throw their support behind Florida’s 12thpublic university. They’ve created Florida Poly Vision, a group that will recruit members to serve as cheerleaders and fundraisers for the new school.