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Press Release for Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Florida BOG Appoints McElroy/Reappoints Wamble-King to UNF Board of Trustees

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

The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, comprised of 12 universities across the state, appointed local businessman Paul McElroy, and reappointed Sharon Wamble-King, corporate communicator, to serve on the Board of Trustees at the University of North Florida. They will each serve a term of five years, which started January 21.

McElroy is CEO and managing director of the Jacksonville Electric Authority, a municipally owned electric, water and wastewater utility. He is the company’s seventh CEO and previously served as JEA’s chief financial officer. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of financial services.
McElroy currently serves on the boards of The Energy Authority, Inc., Colectric Partners Inc., Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Northeast Florida Safety Council, Inc. and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Public Power Association Board’s Executive Committee and serves as treasurer as well as a member of the Large Public Power Council CEO Roundtable.

Before joining JEA, he served as a vice president and general manager for Bombardier Capital Corporation in Jacksonville and Vermont. Additionally, he served in a variety of management positions with Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation, including controller, director of marketing and vice president for the Internal Finance Division in Connecticut.
Wamble-King, who was first appointed to serve on the BOT in 2011, currently works in corporate communications and provides executive leadership for reputation management, external communication, internal and executive communications. In 2006, she served as vice president of communication strategy and internal communication for Aetna.

Throughout her career, Wamble-King has held leadership positions for large, complex and global organizations and has served as a business consultant for Arthur Andersen, LLP; change communication consultant for William M. Mercer, both in San Francisco, Calif.; and executive staff and director at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. During her career, she has been active in community and professional organizations, serving on the boards of Florida Memorial University in Miami, the APEC Board in Orlando, WJCT Public Broadcasting, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Regional Advisory Council for Leadership Florida.

She is a member of the Arthur Page Society, Council for Communications Management, Public Relations Society of America, Society for Human Resource Management and the International Association of Business Communicators, where she has served as an international executive board member and trustee of the IABC Research Foundation.

McElroy and Wamble-King join other Jacksonville residents, Oscar Munoz and Hans Tanzler, who were recently appointed to UNF’s Board of Trustees by the BOG, and retired Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, who was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. As with all such appointments, these are are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Munoz is president and chief executive officer of United Continental and Tanzler is the past executive director of The St. Johns River Water Management District, while Burnett is the president of Doug Burnett Associates. Once confirmed, all three will serve their terms until 2020.

Established in Florida’s Constitution with members appointed by the Governor and by the Florida Board of Governors, the UNF Board serves as the governing body for the University. The UNF Board is charged with a variety of responsibilities, including the provision of leadership and oversight in fiscal and strategic planning. The charter members of the Board were appointed in June 2001.

The Board of Governors is comprised of 17 appointed members—14 are appointed by the governor and three are members by virtue of their designations (a faculty member, a Florida Student Association student representative and the Commissioner of Education). The Board of Governors appoints a chancellor who serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of the State University System.