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Steven Scott elected chairman of UF trustees
Source: Gainesville Sun, 06/05/14
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By Jeff Schweers
Steven Scott, a Palm Beach County doctor who runs a medical investment company, was elected Thursday as the new chairman of the board of trustees for the University of Florida.
Scott replaces David Brown, an Orlando attorney and UF alumnus. Brown ends his second term as chair, guiding the university through a period of budget cuts, salary and hiring freezes, and tuition increases caused by the economic recession.
The combined leadership of Brown and UF President Bernie Machen helped “establish ourselves in a position of pre-eminence,” trustee David M. Thomas said.
Brown nominated Scott, praising him for his leadership and conduct running the search for the 12th president of UF, who will succeed Machen when he retires this year.
In accepting the chairmanship, Scott said Brown and Machen have left UF in better position than it was, and that UF is well-poised to achieve its pre-eminence goals.
“We’re only in this position because of all the work of the people who’ve come before us,” Scott said, adding that the next president will have a tough act measuring up to Machen’s achievements during his decade at UF.
UF received a “pre-eminence” designation from the Florida Legislature last year, along with $15 million a year for five years to help advance its status among peer institutions.
Machen pledged to match that money with private donations and use that $150 million to recruit top faculty who can further burnish UF ’s national reputation.
The university has hired 37 new faculty under its pre-eminence push.
Thomas, who was elected vice chair, said he looked forward to working with Scott “to bring UF to the next level.”