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Florida Polytechnic Closer To Getting Its Own Trustees

John O’Connor / StateImpact Florida

A model of the future Florida Polytechnic campus.

The new Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland is closer to getting its own Board of Trustees.

A panel from the State University System Board of Governors (BOG) will interview a dozen finalists Wednesday in Orlando.

Thirteen trustees will make up the board.

Gov. Rick Scott has already interviewed finalists for the six positions he will fill. The BOG will choose five members, and a student and faculty representative will complete the board.

The committee will send its recommendations to the full Board of Governors, which will probably take them up at a special meeting later this month.

Anyone interested in the BOG’s candidate interviews Wednesday can listen in. The interviews start at noon. The dial-in number is 888-670-3525, and the conference code is 4122150353#.

Another BOG committee has been working with the University of South Florida to make sure Polytechnic has a smooth transition into a standalone university.

Until a few months ago, it was a branch campus of USF. In April, lawmakers voted to make Polytechnic the state’s 12th public university.


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