Doug Baer received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1983. From 1983 to 1991 he was employed as an auditor by KPMG Peat Marwick servicing various healthcare clients. Baer joined the hospital holding company, then known as Health South, Inc. in May 1991 as Vice President/Corporate Controller. In 1995, Baer was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. He held this position for six years until he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in June 2001. The Board of Directors of Brooks Rehabilitation appointed Baer its President and CEO, effective October 1, 2002. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, as well as several other civic organizations in the community.
Judge Susan Black was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on August 12, 1992. Previously, she served as a United States District Judge in the Middle District of Florida. Judge Black became Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida on January 26, 1990, serving in that capacity until her appointment to the United States Court of Appeals. Before becoming a federal judge, she served for approximately five years as a state circuit judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida and, prior to that, as a Duval County Judge for two years. She served as Chair of the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) Committee for Citizen Participation in the Schools.
Carl Cannon was publisher of The Florida Times-Union and executive vice-president of Morris Publishing Group before retiring on December 31, 2007. He was with Morris for 42 years and was made publisher of The Florida Times-Union in 1990. Mr. Cannon presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Press Service; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens; Wesley Manor, Inc.; The University of North Florida Foundation Board; the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Metropolitan Board, the Jacksonville Symphony Association, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Community College Foundation and the Alliance for World Class Education. He is past chairman of the Florida Press Association, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Metropolitan Board; the Gator Bowl Association and the Jacksonville Symphony Association. Mr. Cannon is president-elect of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville.
Michael Cascone, Jr. is the current Chairman Emeritus, former Chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. He served in many different roles during his 35+ year career at BCBS-Florida, including President and COO, and Executive Vice President. At the state level, Mr. Cascone served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber Board of Governors and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jacksonville University. He has served on the Diocesan Board for Catholic Charities, the Diocesan Stewardship Committee, as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Guardian of Dreams, past president of the Board of Jacksonville Regional Catholic Charities and as a member of the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Jacksonville.
Luther Coggin is the chairman of Coggin Automotive Group, a subsidiary of Asbury Automotive Group (ABG). During his association of more than forty years with the industry, Mr. Coggin has served on numerous advisory councils and committees for General Motors and many other automotive manufacturers on local, regional, national and international levels. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Cygnet Private Bank, director of Legacy Trust Company and currently is serving on the Mayo Leadership Council. He was a recipient of the 2002 Prime F. Osborne, III Distinguished Business Leader. Mr. Coggin has served as a member of the UNF Board of Trustees since 2002. He and his wife Blanche are currently serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation. Mr. Coggin is now engaged in numerous outside businesses and philanthropic enterprises. He and his wife, Blanche, made a very substantial contribution to UNF College of Business which resulted in renaming the school The Coggin College of Business.
Lawrence DuBow currently serves as a consultant to Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. of New Delhi, India, as well as Chairman of HMS Sales and Marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of WJCT; Member of the Advisory Council at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, and Secretary/Treasurer of The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. He is a founding member of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and a former Chairman of The Community Foundation. He served on the Jacksonville Housing Authority for eight years, the last year as Chairman. In 1999 Laurie and his wife Linda were Chairpersons of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Northeast Florida. Mr. DuBow and his family, through the DuBow Family Foundation, continue to support and encourage philanthropy in our community.
Hugh Greene is President and CEO of Baptist Health. He serves on the Florida Hospital Association Board and its Executive Committee and Legislative Advocacy Committee. He was awarded “Grassroots Champion” for Florida by the American Hospital Association in 2009. He serves on the board of the University of North Florida. In 2007, Jacksonville Business Journal named Greene one of the area’s “Ultimate CEOs” and he was inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame. He was the 2006 recipient of the Community Trustee Award by Leadership Jacksonville. He has been active with the United Way of Northeast Florida as chair of their Board and 2006 Campaign Chair. Serving numerous times on the Board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, he chaired its Cornerstone economic development division in 2007. He was founding chair of JaxCare, a program for the working uninsured. As chair of the Sulzbacher Center Board, he received the Excellence in Healthcare Award for his efforts on behalf of healthcare for the homeless. Greene serves on the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida where he chairs the Access to Care work group.
John Delaney became the University of North Florida’s fifth president in 2003. Delaney’s presidency continues a distinguished career as a public servant. He was mayor of Jacksonville for two consecutive terms. As mayor, he convinced voters to approve The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion improvement plan that gave the city new public facilities and other amenities. He also created the Preservation Project, a massive land conservation program giving Jacksonville the distinction of having the largest urban park system in the United States. For his efforts, Delaney received the 2003 President's Conservation Achievement Award from The Nature Conservancy. Prior to service as Jacksonville mayor, Delaney served as the city’s general counsel and chief of staff to former Jacksonville Mayor Ed Austin.
The Honorable Fred Schultz was a prominent civic leader, philanthropist and investment banker who worked tirelessly to enhance public education. A Jacksonville native, he was educated at Princeton University and the University of Florida Law School. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1963 and served as Speaker in ’69 and ’70. He served as Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee on Education, a two year study of education in Florida. In 1977 he was appointed by President Carter to the Board of the National Institute of Education and in 1979 was appointed Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In 2002 he became Chairman of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. Mr. Schultz served as Chairman of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Cummer Museum of Art, and was a founding sponsor of the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and the Caring Community Conferences.
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