Education

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.

Randy Avent

Florida Polytechnic University

Alberto Carvalho

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

GRANT H. CORNWELL

ROLLINS COLLEGE

Tim Cost

Jacksonville University

Marshall Criser III

State University System

STEVEN CURRALL

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Julio Frenk

University of Miami

Kent Fuchs

University of Florida

BRENT GOLDMAN

XCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY

Jonathan Hage

Charter Schools USA

George Hanbury

Nova Southeastern University

FEDRICK INGRAM

FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Garry Jones

Full Sail University

John Kelly

Florida Atlantic University

Anne Kerr

Florida Southern College

John Kirtley

Step Up for Students

Greg Marino

Kaplan Higher Education

Andres Moreno

Open Education

Ava Parker

Palm Beach State College

Mark Rosenberg

Florida International University

MARTHA D. SAUNDERS

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Larry Thompson

Ringling College of Art and Design

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa