Press Release for Thursday, January 26, 2006

UNF Board of Trustees Elects New Leadership

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees, the governing body for the University, just elected a new chair and vice chair at its regularly scheduled meeting held today on the UNF campus.

Bruce Taylor, CEO and chairman of Taylor Engineering, Inc., was elected as the new chair of the Board of Trustees. He has served on several state, national and international professional boards and committees. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Society of Professional Engineers Award, the nation’s highest award given to a professional engineer. Dr. Taylor received his bachelor degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and his master’s in oceanographic engineering from the University of Miami. He earned a doctorate in civil and coastal engineering from the University of Florida. Taylor replaces Carol Thompson, who has served as chair of the Board since 2001. She will continue to serve as a Board member.

Wanyonyi Kendrick, vice president of technology services at JEA, was elected as the Board’s new vice chair. She serves on the board for INROADS, a professional services organization dedicated to helping companies and ensuring that emerging minority executives form successful career partnerships. Kendrick also served on the board of directors for ITFlorida and is a member of the Jacksonville Information Technology Council. She received her bachelor’s in business administration and her master’s in accountancy from UNF. Kendrick is a certified management accountant and a certified public accountant.

“I’m really excited about the leadership that Bruce and Wanyonyi will bring to the Board of Trustees,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “Their expertise will be beneficial in overseeing the University’s strategic and fiscal planning.”

Today was also the last meeting for O’Neal Douglas, who was appointed to the Board by the Florida Board of Governors in 2001 and reappointed by the Florida Board of Governors in 2003. His latest term ended today. Douglas served as the Board’s vice chair from 2001 to 2003. He is the retired chairman and CEO of the American Heritage Life Insurance Company. During his tenure as American Heritage chairman, Douglas established a close partnership between UNF and American Heritage to recognize and promote the academic achievements of public school students.

“UNF would like to thank O’Neal for his service. His leadership on the Board has helped to move the University forward,” said Delaney.

Douglas will be replaced on the Board by Joan W. Newton. She is chairman emeritus of Regency Centers Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that focuses on grocery-anchored neighborhood retail centers throughout the United States. Newton currently serves on the Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees, Board of the Community Foundation, the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Episcopal Foundation, the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida and the Executive Board of Historic Bok Sanctuary. This is her second term serving on the UNF Board of Trustees. Newton first performed in this capacity in 2001. Additionally, she also served on the Florida Board of Governors. 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.

“Joan has a wealth of experience that she brings to the Board,” said Delaney. “She has been a longtime supporter of UNF and I’m thrilled to have her working in this capacity on behalf of our campus community.”

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