Brittany Alana Davis
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PRESS RELEASE: Marshall Criser III takes helm as chancellor of State University System of Florida
TALLAHASSEE—Marshall Criser III begins his role today as chancellor of the State University System of Florida. The Board of Governors unanimously selected him for the post in November, citing his experience in business and higher education as key assets to lead the System forward.
“This is a tremendous privilege, and I take it very seriously,” said Criser, who recently retired as president of AT&T Florida. “I look forward to working hard with other leaders in this state to make our universities the most accountable, accessible and high-achieving in this country.”
Criser takes the helm as several weighty Board of Governors initiatives are underway, including performance-based funding, the expansion of online learning, and the Commission of Higher Education Access and Attainment’s workforce gap analysis.
He replaces Frank T. Brogan, who resigned in October to take a similar position in Pennsylvania.
Criser is in his fourth year as the Florida House Speaker’s appointee to the Higher Education Coordinating Council, a role he began as a representative of the business community and continues as chancellor.
He is a member of the Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees in California, and the Florida Council of 100, where he is a former chair.
His community service also has included terms asvice chair of the Universityof Florida’sBoard of Trustees, chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and chair of Florida TaxWatch.
His appointment garnered broad support from the state’s top government, business and education leaders.
“I look forward to working with Marshall to further align education with the realities and opportunities of today’s economy, said Florida Senate President Don Gaetz. “I am confident his experience in both education and business will provide unique insights and wish him the best of luck in his new position.”
"I congratulate Marshall on his new role as Florida's university system chancellor and look forward to working with him on making Florida's universities more innovative and globally competitive," said Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.
“Marshall Criser understands business, and he understands our State University System. The Board of Governors couldn’t ask for a better chancellor,” said Board Chair Mori Hosseini, who also led the search committee. “I look forward to accomplishing great things together.”
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Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.