MARSHALL CRISER III
CHANCELLOR, STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS, TALLAHASSEE
Criser is a Florida native and UF grad who worked for AT&T for 33 years, rising to become president of AT&T Florida. He’s a member and former chairman of the Florida Council of 100. He took the chancellor’s job, he says, because he came to believe he needed to participate in governance if he wanted to reach the goals he had supported in the course of developing policy approaches to the state’s problems. “After working for one company for 33 years, I didn’t realize how dynamic it can be to totally change careers,” he says. “The takeaway: Sometimes changing direction is the best path forward.”
Under Criser, the state system has seen some of its biggest gains, rising to become the top public university system in the country for three years in a row, according to the U.S. News and World Report rankings. The system has increased student success — “as evidenced by increases in graduation rates and decreased cost,” he says. Criser also has served as the vice chairman of the University of Florida’s board of trustees, chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Florida TaxWatch.
A hunter and outdoorsman, Criser likes fixing up old cars.