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State panel names 21 Fla. university trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former legislators Daniel Webster and Marjorie Turnbull are among 21 new trustees appointed Thursday to boards at Florida's 11 state universities.

Webster, an Orlando Republican who served in both chambers including a term as House speaker, was named to the board of trustees for the University of Central Florida.

Turnbull, who also is a former Leon County commissioner, is a Tallahassee Democrat who served in the House. She was named to the board for Florida A&M University.

The Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, unanimously approved the appointments during a teleconference meeting.

The panel also named retired New York Stock Exchange President William R. Johnston of Bradenton to New College's board. It appointed Florida AT&T President Marshall Criser III of Coral Gables and one of its own outgoing members, Carolyn K. Roberts of Ocala, to the University of Florida's board. Criser's father, Marshall Criser Jr., was UF's president in 1984-89.

All appointments are for five-year terms beginning in January. Each board of trustees has 13 members. Five are appointed by the Board of Governors and six by the governor. Those 11 are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. The other two members are the chair of the faculty senate or similar panel and the student body president at each school.

The appointees were selected from more than 200 applicants. A board committee chose and interviewed finalists before recommending the appointees to the full panel.

Board member Stanley Marshall, noting that about half the applications were for two vacancies at Florida State University, suggested considering a limit to the number of applicants for each opening. Other members disagreed and the panel took no action.

The Florida State appointees are retired Winter Park banker Mark Hillis, who is on the Board of Governors for the university's business school and a former member of Florida State's foundation board, and Coral Gables lawyer Margaret A. Rolando, former chairwoman of the Board of Visitors at the university's law school.

All except three appointees are new. The board reappointed real estate broker Anthony K. Barbar and resort manager David S. Feder, both of Boca Raton, at Florida Atlantic University and Jacksonville hospital president A. Hugh Greene at the University of North Florida.

The other appointees:

University of South Florida: banker Brian D. Lamb and attorney Harold W. Mullis, both of Tampa.

— Florida International University: Miami Beach real estate broker Michael M. Alder and Joseph L. Caruncho of Palm Bay, who is chief executive of a health maintenance organization and chairs the university foundation's board.

— Central Florida: Raymond Gilley, president of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

— University of West Florida: Destin accountant Stephen C. Riggs and Gulf Power Co. Vice President Bentina C. Terry of Pensacola.

— North Florida: CSX Corp. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Oscar Munoz of Ponte Vedra Beach.

— Florida Gulf Coast University: Ann Hamilton, whose family was instrumental in establishing the university in her hometown of Fort Myers, and Sanibel Island banker Robbie B. Roepstorff.

— New College: Felice C. Schulaner, a retired human resources executive from Siesta Key.

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