Each of the 12 state universities has a 13-member Board of Trustees, responsible for cost-effective policy, implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the university's mission, performance evaluation, and developing a process, meeting state policy, budgeting, and education standards. Members of the boards of trustees shall receive no compensation but may be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.
Members are appointed by the Governor (six citizen members) and by the Board of Governors (five citizen members). These 11 appoints are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The remaining two members are the chair of the faculty senate or the equivalent; and the president of the student body of the university. The appointed members shall serve staggered five-year terms. There shall be no state residency requirement for university board members, but the Governor and the Board of Governors shall consider diversity and regional representation.
, of Jacksonville, has practiced law since 1980. He is a shareholder and board member with
Smith Hulsey & Busey
. Mr. Russell resolves complex commercial disputes. He has expertise in the hospitality industry, retail petroleum sales, real estate development, construction, accounting, banking and fiduciary relationships. He is recognized in
Best Lawyers in America
(in commercial litigation, construction litigation and banking and finance litigation),
Legal Elite and
Florida Super Lawyers.
received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of South Florida in 1976 and his J.D., with honors from the University of Florida in 1980, where he was the University of Florida Law Review’s senior executive editor. He has authored two law review articles and several Florida Bar publications. Mr. Russell's professional and civic activities include service on Florida Middle District Court’s and Fourth Judicial Circuit Court’s Grievance Committees, Florida Judicial Qualification Commission (special counsel), Jacksonville Public Library board of trustees (member and former chair), Jacksonville Bar Association (member and 2001 lawyer of the year), Chester Bedell Inn of Court (former Chancellor and Master of the Bench), Middle District of Florida, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court Bar (member). Mr. Russell has also served on the boards of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. and The Hubbard House Foundation, Inc. and was a mayoral appointee to the Jacksonville Parks Task Force, The Preservation Commission, The Jacksonville Journey, and three general counsel nominating committees. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Governor in 2011 and reappointed for a second term ending January 2016. Mr. Russell was elected as vice chair of the UNF Board of Trustees April 2015.
Doug Burnett, of Saint Augustine, has been the president of Doug Burnett Associates since 2010. He is a retired Adjutant General of Florida. Major General Burnett has been a member of St. Johns River Water Management District governing Board since 2013 and previously served as a member of the Florida State College of Jacksonville District Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2012. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Major General Burnett was appointed to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees by Governor Scott July 2, 2015, for a term ending January 2020.
Wilfredo Gonzalez, of Jacksonville, is the District Director for
the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where he has served the
small businesses of North Florida since December 1996. Gonzalez served as the
District Director for the Washington D.C. District Office from
May 1994. Gonzalez is responsible for delivering SBA programs and services to
43 Counties in North Florida. He oversees the daily operations of federal staff
located in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida.
Prior to this appointment,
Gonzalez held several leadership roles including Associate Administrator for
Minority Small Business and Capital Ownership Development at the SBA; Regional
Director for the Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
in Atlanta, Georgia; Staff Director with the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights;
Associate Director of EEO and Civil Rights with the U. S. Department of State;
Country Director of the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa; Chief of Operations
for Peace Corps Latin America Region; and Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in
Bogota, Colombia. Gonzalez started his federal career as a HEW Fellow in 1976;
he subsequently served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary
at the Department of Labor
Mr. Gonzalez earned his
Bachelors of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico (Magna Cum Laude). He also
attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the Federal Executive
Mr. Gonzalez serves on various
boards and organizations including the Regional Community Institute of
Northeast Florida, Inc
the advisory boards of the Police Athletic League, the
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens; the SBDC, the UNF Student Affairs, WJCT, Visit
Jacksonville; and the Northeast Florida Global Cities Initiative
He was reappointed to the
UNF Board of Trustees on March 24, 2016 for a term ending January 6, 2020.
is serving as Student Body President for the 2016-2017 Administration. As a resident of Jacksonville, Mr. Grantham began attending the University of North Florida in 2014 and has served in several roles within the Student Government Organization throughout his time. These positions include Senator, Senate President Pro-Tempore, Chief of Staff, and Student Body Vice President. Currently, Mr. Grantham is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at UNF, Mr. Grantham has also been involved with the Department of Housing and Residence Life and is currently a student within the Hicks Honors College. He assumed his position on the UNF Board of Trustees May 2016 and will serve through April 2017.
Kevin Hyde of Jacksonville, is the Office Managing Partner of Foley & Lardner LLP in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Hyde represents employers in a variety of human resources matters, including day-to-day employment counseling , workplace safety, and litigates cases in charges of discrimination, employment-discrimination cases, wage-hour and management-union matters. Mr. Hyde is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment matters. He has been listed as a leading lawyer in various publications including being included in Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal USA, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine and Florida Super Lawyers® (2006-2015). Mr. Hyde is a member of the Florida and Tennessee Bars and is a past chair of the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section (1998-1999) and the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Certification Committee.
Mr. Hyde has been active in civic and community matters. He was an elected member of the Jacksonville City Council from 2003 through 2011, and is a past president of the City Council. Additionally, he has served as chair or a member of the Board of Directors of WJCT Public Broadcasting, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., the Jacksonville Civic Council, the Youth Crisis Center and Florida College. Mr. Hyde is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1988), and the University of South Florida (B.A., magna cum laude, 1984). He is married to Kathi Hyde and has two daughters. Mr. Hyde was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees on March 24, 2016 for a term ending January 6, 2021.
Stephen Joost, of Jacksonville, has served as a Founding Partner of Firehouse Restaurant Group, Inc since 1994. During his tenure with Firehouse Subs, Mr. Joost developed the business model for one of the most iconic and recognized franchise brands within the restaurant industry across the United States. Firehouse Subs now comprises nearly 1,000 retail locations in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Canada with annual combined sales of $750 million. Mr. Joost co-created one of the most recognized and successful franchise agreements in the restaurant industry and developed the initial franchise evaluation criteria and 5 year strategic franchise growth plan. He is also accredited for creating and developing banking relationship for Firehouse, a multi-million business, resulting in a stream-lined ownership group that blossomed into not only Jacksonville’s #1 franchising business but also recognized nationally as being one of the top Franchising businesses in the United States.Mr. Joost shared his fiscal talents with his community by serving on the Jacksonville City Council from July 2007 through June 2015. During his service on the City Council, he was appointed as a member of the Finance Committee, eventually being appointed as the Chairman. Mr. Joost was elected by his peers as the Council Vice President and ultimately, elected as City Council President. He was the recipient of the Charles D. Webb Award, the Jacksonville City Council’s most prestigious internal award bestowed on the City Council Member that best exemplifies the extraordinary commitment to public service demonstrated by the late Charles D. Webb.Mr. Joost is the past Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Tennis Tournament and past Treasurer and Secretary Salvation Army Advisory Board. He currently serves as a board member of the Justice Coalition, First Tee of Northeast Florida and is the Current Chair of the Champions for Justice Dinner. Mr. Joost is also the Director of the Pond Charity Classic, one of the most recognized charity golfing events in Florida.Mr. Joost earned his Bachelor of Science Management Degree from Tulane University with a major in Accounting and continued his Certified Public Accountant education requirements at the University of North Florida.Mr. Joost is most proud of his wife Nicole and his two wonderful children, Emma and Christopher. He was appointed to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees on March 24, 2016 for a term ending January 6, 2021
of Jacksonville, is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
– Jacksonville, Florida’s municipally owned electric, water and wastewater utility. The JEA Board of Directors named Paul the company’s seventh Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2012. From January 1, 2006 to October 1, 2012, he served as JEA’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he served as JEA’s Vice President, Financial Services.
Mr. McElroy currently serves on the boards of The Energy Authority, Inc. (“TEA”), Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Northeast Florida Safety Council, Inc., and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McElroy is a member of the American Public Power Association Board’s Executive Committee and serves as Treasurer, as well as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Chair of the Retirement Committee. He is also a member of the Large Public Power Council CEO Roundtable.Mr. McElroy holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and pursued graduate level studies at the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Before joining JEA, Mr. McElroy served as a Vice President and General Manager for Bombardier Capital Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida and Colchester, Vermont. Prior to that, he served in a variety of management positions with Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation, including Controller, Director – Marketing and Vice President, Internal Finance Division in Norwalk, Connecticut. Mr. McElroy was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees on January 21, 2016 for a term ending January 6, 2021.
of Jacksonville, was named
president and chief executive officer of United Continental September 2015. Just
prior to United, he was president and chief executive officer of CSX Corporation.
At CSX, he was responsible for operations, sales and marketing, human
resources, labor relations, service design, information technology, purchasing
and other administrative functions. Mr. Munoz joined CSX in
2003 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and was appointed
chief operations officer in 2012. Before joining CSX, Mr. Munoz served as chief financial
officer and vice president of AT&T Consumer Services. He also has held key
executive positions with other consumer products companies including the
Coca-Cola Company and Pepsico Corporation. Mr. Munoz was a member of
the board of directors and chair of the Audit Committee for United Continental
Airlines. He is a member of the board of directors for Outward Bound USA. He
has twice been recognized – in 2001 and 2006 – as one of the 100 most
influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. Mr. Munoz is actively engaged in the United Way of
Northeast Florida. He earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California
in 1982, and a M.B.A. at Pepperdine University. Mr. Munoz was appointed to the
UNF Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in 2010 for a term ending
January 2015. He was reappointed for a term ending January 2020.
Radha Pyati, of Neptune Beach, is Professor and Chair of the UNF Department of Chemistry and President of the UNF Faculty Association from 2016 to 2018. She has been at UNF since 2008 and served as Director of the UNF Environmental Center from 2008 to 2013. Before that she was on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from 1997 to 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. She is an analytical and environmental chemist active in research with undergraduates, and she has led the scientist team writing the State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin Report since 2008. She assumed her role on the UNF Board of Trustees in September 2016 with a term ending in September 2018.
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