Joannie Newton, of Jacksonville, is chairman emeritus of Regency Centers Corporation (formerly Regency Realty Corporation), a publicly traded real estate investment trust that focuses on grocery-anchored neighborhood retail centers throughout the United States. Regency’s predecessor, The Regency Group, Inc., was founded in 1963 by Ms. Newton and her late husband, Mr. Martin Stein. Ms. Newton has been honored as Jacksonville’s Business Woman of the year and has served as chairman of the board of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She retired from the board of the Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, N.A. after 11 years of service. Ms. Newton was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush to the National Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and served four of her six-year term as vice chairman. She retired from the board of the Cummer Gallery of Art but remains on the restoration and building and grounds committees. She has also served as a member of the Florida Board of Governors, the executive board of Historic Book Sanctuary and the Jacksonville Public Library board of library trustees. She currently serves on the finance committee of the Community Foundation. Ms. Newton was originally appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Governor in 2002. She was reappointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Florida Board of Governors in 2011 and reappointed for a second term ending January 6, 2016.
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