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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.

Board Member Current Terms of Office

 

Kevin Hyde | Jason Barrett | Mike BinderTom Bryan | Jill Davis | Annie Egan | John Gol

Allison (Ali) Korman SheltonChristopher Lazzara | Steve Moore | Paul McElroy | Nikul (Nik) Patel | Nathanial Rodefer

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Kevin Hyde - Chair

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, and workplace safety, and litigates cases in charges of discrimination, employment-discrimination cases, wage-hour, and management-union 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. 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, Goodwill Industries, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., the Jacksonville Civic Council, the Youth Crisis Center, Red Cross, 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 by Governor Scott on March 24, 2016, and reappointed for a second term on September 10, 2021, for a term ending January 6, 2026. He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Governance Committee.

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Jason Barrett, MS, MHA, FACHE

Jason Barrett served as President & CEO of Flagler Health+, an expansion of Flagler Hospital, which has been caring for the residents of St. Johns County since 1889.  Flagler Health+ is a total care enterprise aimed at advancing the physical, social and economic health of Northeast Florida communities.  Mr. Barrett is a recognized thought leader in the healthcare space with a focus on transforming healthcare experiences to be affordable, accessible, convenient and personalized. 

Mr. Barrett has served in a number of executive roles in Flagler Health+ including Vice President of Operations, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Integration Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Barrett served in various leadership capacities at UF Health Jacksonville. 

He holds a Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University and both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Health Science, Health Administration from the University of North Florida. 

Mr. Barrett is also very active in the community, having served as the Chairman of the St. Johns County Economic Development Council, a board member of the St. Johns County Education Foundation, a mentor in the Take Stock in Children Program and a Board Member of the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency. He is currently an active member of the First Coast Health Care Executives Group and the American College of Health Care Executives. Mr. Barrett is passionate about addressing the growing prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse among young people in America and serves in a number of capacities related to addressing these issues, including a role on the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida Board of Governors.

Mr. Barrett was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 12, 2021 for a term ending January 6, 2026.

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Mike Binder

Michael Binder is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL). He joined UNF in the fall of 2011. Formerly a post-doc and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West and Hoover Institution, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. His research interests include voter decision-making, direct democracy, American politics and public opinion. He is a regular contributor to various media outlets and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. His research has generated more than $2 million in funding while leading the PORL.

Dr. Binder assumed his role on the UNF Board of Trustees in September 2022 with a term ending in August 2024. 

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Tom Bryan

A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida, is active in the community and a graduate of Jacksonville University's Davis College of Business. He is a principal of Terra Capital Holdings.

He has served as Chairman for Episcopal Children's Services Foundation, The Yates (now Winston) YMCA, Commodore, The Florida Yacht Club, the Professional and Businessmen's Association, Junior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and President of the Jacksonville Rotary. He was a member of the 1996 class of the Jacksonville Business Journal's 40 under 40 and Leadership Jacksonville. Other boards on which he has served and held office include; The Jacksonville Urban League, SAFE Harbor Boys Home and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Florida State College at Jacksonville by Governor Rick Scott in 2012 and to the Board of Trustees for the University of North Florida in 2018 for a term ending January 6, 2023. He serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Finance and Facilities committee and as the Board of Trustees representative on the UNF Foundation Board. He is the father of two adult children and married for twenty-nine years to his wife, Yvonne. He and his family attend the Church of Eleven 22.

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Jill Davis

Jill Davis, of Jacksonville, graduated Cum Laude from Salisbury University with a B.A. in Political Science. She received a J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2004. Upon graduation, Ms. Davis was admitted to the Florida Bar, and has remained an active member for 14 years.

Ms. Davis worked as a prosecutor in the State Attorney's Office in the 4th Judicial Circuit from 2004 to 2007. She prosecuted over 900 criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies.

In 2007, Ms. Davis left the State Attorney's Office to start her family and focus on philanthropy and fundraising for many organizations in the North Florida region. Some of her involvements have included serving as: Event Co-Chair of Teach for America Jacksonville, "Ten Year Anniversary Celebration" (2019); Event Chair and Committee Chair of Riverside Presbyterian Day School Annual Gala (2016-2018); Committee Chair of St. Vincent's Hospital, "Delicious Destinations" (2016); Co-Event Chair of the Jacksonville Zoo Fundraiser "Zoobilee" (2010-2013); Committee Chair of the Pediatric Hospice Fundraiser, "Halloween Doors and More" (2012); Committee Chair of the Wolfson's Children's Hospital Gala, "The Arts and Antiques Show (2011); Committee Chair of the American Cancer Society Gala, "The Cowford Ball" (2007).  Currently, Ms. Davis is a Board member for MOSH serving as the Capital Campaign Chair for the new MOSH museum since 2020 and as the UNF representative for the MOCA Board since 2021.

In addition to her volunteer efforts, Ms. Davis has served on numerous boards throughout Jacksonville. Her passion for children and education drives her desire to serve those in need. She has served as a Community Advisory Board Member for North Florida Pediatric Hospice (2013) and a Board Member of Teach for America Jacksonville (2016-2013).  

Ms. Davis is currently pursuing a certification as a Title IX Investigator to assist organizations receiving federal funding with sexual assault allegations.

She and her husband, Jed, are actively involved in Riverside Presbyterian Day School where their three boys, Cooper, Austin, and Smith attend school.

Ms. Davis was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in 2019 for a term ending in January 6, 2025. She serves as Vice Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

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Annie Egan

Annie Egan of Jacksonville, Florida is a pediatrician and partner with the Carithers Pediatric Group. She is a member of the faculties of Wolfson Children's Hospital and Shands Hospital and is the former Chief of Pediatrics at St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Egan served on the Jacksonville Children's Commission from 2004 until 2012 and served as Board Chair from 2009 to 2011. She also has served on the boards of the Jacksonville-based Brewer Learning Center, PACE Center for Girls and Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. In 2012 and 2014, she served on the management teams of two JCCI Inquiries, which focused on the needs of Jacksonville's youngest citizens, children ages 0 to 3, and on mental health.

For her accomplishments in caring for children, she was recognized by Volunteers in Medicine as a Women of Heart in February 2017. She has also served on the Central Selection Committee of the Morehead-Cain Foundation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware and the Board of St. Mark's Episcopal Day School. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Reinhold Corporation and the Teton Valley Education Foundation, in Jackson, Wyoming.

Dr. Egan received her undergraduate degree with Honors and Highest Distinction in History and Economics from the University of North Carolina where she was a Morehead Scholar. She received her Doctorate of Medicine with Honors from the Yale School of Medicine.

Annie is the wife of George Egan, and the mother of twin boys, aged 26 and twin girls, aged 24. She is a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday School for nine years.

Dr. Egan was appointed to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees by the Florida Board of Governors in January 2018, for a term ending January 2023. She serves as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

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John Gol

John Gol is a prominent healthcare executive with 20 years of senior leadership with Borland Groover. As the Chief Financial Officer of Borland Groover, he is responsible for overseeing financial and accounting operations including accounts payable, collections, financial reporting and internal controls for Borland-Groover, Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy, Fleming Island Surgery Center, all ancillary services and the BGC Foundation. Borland-Groover has over 500 employees and 18 locations across NE Florida. The annual budget is $145M with approximately $3.8M in charity care.

Mr. Gol was born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in Jacksonville.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Florida State University and an MBA from the University of North Florida.

Mr. Gol enjoys golfing, boating, grilling/BBQ, reading books on behavioral-economics and being a dad. 

Mr. Gol was appointed to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors on June 23, 2021, for a term ending January 6, 2026.

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Allison Korman Shelton

Allison Korman Shelton, of Jacksonville, is the former Director of Government Affairs for Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and was previously Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for The Stellar Group. She is a recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award and currently serves on The Bolles School Board of Trustees in addition to being a Past President of the Jewish Community Alliance and graduate of Leadership Florida. Shelton earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.

Ali was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees on August 6, 2021, for a term ending January 6, 2026.  She serves as the Vice Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

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Christopher M. Lazzara

Christopher M. Lazzara is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MountainStar Capital, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Mr. Lazzara is skilled in finance, operations, and management. He leads the firm’s investment committee, directs investment strategy, and oversees all major initiatives for MountainStar Capital and its affiliated companies. Although its holdings include diversified positions in financial markets, the firm’s focus is in active and passive direct investment, real estate, health and joint venture opportunities. The firm’s flexible decision-making process, team culture and due diligence processes are the central components of its success.


Mr. Lazzara is also the Co-founder of the Georgia School of Orthodontics, the nation’s largest Orthodontic Residency Program. The Program has gained national acclaim for its advanced facilities, quality care and service to both the military and underserved communities. He serves as the Chair of Finance on the Executive Committee of GSO’s Board of Trustees and leverages MountainStar’s Health Division to oversee administration of the Program.


Prior to founding MountainStar Capital in 2013, Mr. Lazzara served as Senior Managing Partner of Ponte Vedra Management Group (PVMG), an asset management group with diverse real estate, securities, and corporate holdings. Mr. Lazzara is an active member of the community serving on the executive committees of several boards. He is on the Board of Trustee’s Executive Committee for the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation as well as the University of North Florida’s Student Affairs Community Council. Mr. Lazzara also directs all operations of the Lazzara Family Foundation, which has provided grants to worthy organizations since 1997. Mr. Lazzara co-chaired the 2016 Cowford Ball benefitting the American Cancer Society, which raised more $650,000 for the fight against cancer. In 2017, Mr. Lazzara was honored with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Robert Arleigh White Award for Art Advocacy. As mayoral appointee, he serves as board member for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Additionally, Mr. Lazzara was named as a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Jacksonville Business Journal.  Mr. Lazzara is also member of YPO the premier leadership organization for Chief Executives around the world. 

Mr. Lazzara is a graduate of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where he received the Presidential Award for Service. He has numerous certificates from the Wharton’s School’s Center for Executive Education and is a graduate of the Political Leadership Institute of Jacksonville. 

Mr. Lazzara was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by Governor Ron DeSantis October 22, 2020, for a term ending January 6, 2025.
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Paul McElroy

Paul McElroy, of Jacksonville, retired as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JEA - Jacksonville, Florida's municipally owned electric, water and wastewater utility. JEA is the eighth largest municipal utility in the nation.  

Mr. McElroy previously served on the boards of Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, Inc. (FCG), as Chair, The Energy Authority, Inc. (TEA), Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Inc. (FRCC), Northeast Florida Safety Council, Inc., and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McElroy served as a member of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board's Executive Committee, holding the position of Treasurer, as well as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Chair of the Retirement Committee. He also served as Chair of the Tax and Finance Committee at the Large Public Power Council (LPPC).

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 as Vice President of Internal Finance Division of Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Mr. McElroy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He pursued graduate-level studies at the University of Bridgeport, as well as the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Mr. McElroy was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in January 2016, and was reappointed in 2021 for a second term ending January 6, 2026. He serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

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Steve Moore

Steve Moore is the President of The Vestcor Companies and is responsible for the overall direction and performance of the company, overseeing all operational and investment decisions. He is responsible for the strategic planning and growth of the company and maintains oversight of Vestcor's portfolio of investments.

Steve serves on the Duval County Research and Development Authority in addition to his duties as a UNF Trustee. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting and MBA from the Coggin College of Business at UNF. He also worked as student assistant, graduate assistant, and administrative employee during his time at UNF.

Steve and his wife, Jennifer, also a UNF alum, have lived and raised four children in Jacksonville for the past 28 years.

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Nikul (Nik) Patel

Nikul (Nik) Patel, is a Senior Vice President of Information/Cyber Security at Citi. He has been part of Citi for over 10 years, holding various roles. Prior to Citi, Mr. Patel worked for Walmart and Accenture in multiple locations, including Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Patel received both his Economics undergraduate degree and Masters of Business degree from the University of Florida. He has been active in the Florida NE community serving as a Board Member on the St. John's County School District IT Career Academies Advisory Council and part of the founding team of Citi's Women in IT program that has now reached over 30,000+ 7th and 8th grade students in multiple states and countries.

He and his wife have two children.

Mr. Patel was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in 2019 for a term ending in January 6, 2025. He serves as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee.

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Nathaniel Rodefer

Nathaniel Rodefer, who grew up across various locales, now resides in Jacksonville and is pursuing a major in environmental studies with minors in leadership and philosophy at the University of North Florida. He is the proud head of the Executive Branch and aspires to continue to serve the student body since his beginnings in the Legislative Branch as a freshman. 

Outside of Student Government involvement, he has participated in the Environmental Leadership Program as a scholar on behalf of the Institute of Environmental Research and Education, served as a facilitator for the Hicks Honors College, and works within the Interfaith Center as a student leader championing values and initiatives of diversity, equity, inclusion, and pluralism. Through all of these opportunities, he hopes to impact positive change upon UNF.”

Current Terms of Office

Members of the University of North Florida Board of Trustees are appointed by the Governor (6 members) and by the Board of Governors (5 members). These 11 appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The remaining 2 members are the chair of the Faculty Association and the president of Student Government. The appointed members serve staggered 5-year terms.

Appointed by the Governor:

Appointed by the Board of Governors:

 

University of North Florida Student/Faculty Representatives: