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Press Release for Thursday, February 16, 2012

UNF Black History Month Event Features Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




The African-American Student Union at the University of North Florida will feature Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll as the Black History Month keynote speaker at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58 West, on the UNF campus. She will discuss her political path as well as the National Black History Month theme, “Black Women in History and the Arts.” This event is free and open to the public. 


Carroll is Florida’s 18th lieutenant governor. She is the first female elected as lieutenant governor in Florida and the first African-American elected statewide. She was a state legislator for more than seven years, a small business owner, former executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a Navy veteran. In addition to her duties assisting the governor with economic development, Carroll oversees the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, governor designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and also serves as chairperson of Space Florida. 


Carroll’s work as chair of Space Florida has been instrumental in creating thousands of new private-sectors space and aerospace-related jobs. During her first year in office, Florida won a 10-year contract to manage the International Space Station National Laboratory, bringing in $15 million per year to the state for life-science research. 


In her role as head of Military Affairs, Carroll has visited nearly every military installation in Florida. She travels to Washington, D.C., to meet with Congressional and Pentagon officials to advocate for Florida’s $65 billion military economy and defense industry. Her efforts resulted in increased military positions, military construction funding and increased defense contract opportunities for Florida’s businesses. 


As a legislator, Carroll worked to pass meaningful legislation that enhanced economic development, which includes procuring $2.9 million to fund the Florida Export Finance Corporation to help employers have access to short-term loans in order to retain and create jobs. She sponsored the Entertainment Economic Development Legislation, which created thousands of jobs for Floridians who were paid more than $485 million in wages. 


For more information about this event, contact the UNF African-American Student Union at or at (904) 620-2689.