Rick Scott announces 12 state appointments

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On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott announced a dozen appointments to several state boards and panels.

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

Thomas Bean, 40, of Palm Beach Gardens, is the director of public and community engagement at Florida Power and Light. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from Trinity International University. Bean is reappointed for a term ending Nov. 3, 2021.

José Luis Rodriguez, 43, of Greenacres, is the chief human resources officer for the City of West Palm Beach. He received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and his juris doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Rodriguez succeeds Gregory Langowski for a term ending Nov. 3, 2020.

South Florida Regional Planning Council

Sandra Walters, of Sugarloaf Key, is the president and CEO of SWC, Inc. She is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 1, 2018.

Patricia Asseff, of Hollywood, is the owner of Asseff Realty, LLC. She is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 1, 2019.

The Council serves three counties: Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward; 71 municipalities; and 4.3 million residents.

Both reappointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Northwest Florida State College District board of trustees

Craig Barker, 49, of Destin, is an independent business consultant. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from the University of West Florida. Barker is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Barker’s reappointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District board of trustees

Bob Wyatt, 57, of Osprey, is the president of Investor Protector, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Wyatt is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Ed Bailey, 42, of Palmetto, is the finance manager of Sarasota Ford. He is also a Realtor with Leslie Wells Realty. Bailey is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Both reappointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Florida Gateway College District board of trustees

David Crawford, 57, of Macclenny, is the director of auxiliary services and former principal for the Baker County Public School District. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Florida. Crawford is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term ending May 31, 2021.

The College’s district encompasses 2,683 square miles in five North Central Florida counties: Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist and Union.

Crawford’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Indian River State College District board of trustees

Tony George, 55, of Stuart, is a partner at Fox Wackeen Law Firm. He received his bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Florida. George is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2019.

The board is composed of nine members; three are from St. Lucie County and two members each are from Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

George’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

St. Johns River State College District board of trustees

Brian Keith, 61, of Palatka, is the owner and facility manager of Newcastle Shipyards, LLC. Keith received his bachelor’s degree from Vincennes University. He is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Keith’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Pasco-Hernando State College District board of trustees

Ray Gadd Jr., 60, of Land O’ Lakes, is the deputy superintendent of Pasco County Schools. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Florida. Gadd succeeds Ed Blommel, for a term ending May 31, 2019.

David Garcia, 67, of Spring Hill, is the lead pastor at Grace World Outreach Church. He received his bachelor’s degree from the International Seminary, his master’s in Theology, and his Doctor of Ministry in theology from Life Christian University. Garcia succeeds Morris Porton for a term ending May 31, 2019.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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