Brittany Davis Wise
Director of Communications
PRESS RELEASE: Board of Governors confirms University of Florida’s newest trustee
David Brandon is a second-generation Gator and the charter member of UF’s School of Building Construction Advisory Council
The University of Florida welcomed its newest trustee Thursday after a hearty confirmation by the State University System’s Board of Governors.
David Brandon, founder of Brandon Construction Company in Palm Harbor, is a 1981 graduate of UF’s highly regarded M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction in 1981 and has expressed continued commitment to the university as a fundraiser and charter member of the School of Building Construction Advisory Council. He also serves as a contributory member of the College of Engineering Structural Wind Mitigation Design Advisory Panel and the University of Florida School of Building Construction Executive Committee and is a former member of the College of Design, Construction and Planning Campaign Council.
Brandon also has an impressive record of professional and community service. His construction firm is known for its high-quality and energy-efficient buildings, which include high-rise condominiums, office buildings and retail establishments. He is past president of the Palm Harbor Rotary Club and of the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce and previously served as chairman of the Palm Harbor Community Service Agency. He is also immediate past chair of the YMCA of the Suncoast, with branches from mid Pinellas County up through Citrus County along the west coast.
“We fully expect that UF will be one of the country’s top 10 public universities in the next five years, and the Board of Trustees will play a huge role in making that goal a reality,” said Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini. “David Brandon’s professional acumen and demonstrated commitment to the University of Florida make him an excellent choice for this position.”
"David Brandon's business experience , community service and commitment to the University of Florida will serve him well in his role as a trustee. We welcome him to the board and look forward to his contributions," said President Bernie Machen.
“I love the University of Florida, and I want to help it continue to prosper,” Brandon said. “I look forward to working with President Machen and the rest of the trustees to establish UF as a nationally preeminent university.”
With 50,000 students, 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes, the University of Florida has the highest graduation and retention rates in the System and the state’s highest endowment. It is also one of two preeminent universities in the state, as designated by the Florida Legislature.
Each state university has a 13-member Board of Trustees responsible for cost-effective policy and implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the university's mission. Trustees also work to adhere to state policy, budgeting and education standards. Brandon’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate and to his attending an orientation session.
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.