Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday appointed Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz to the Florida State University Board of Trustees.
The Coral Gables native is an attorney and partner with Holland and Knight.
She is also a member of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District and volunteers with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Beacon Council, Commercial Real Estate Women of Miami and the Latin Builders Association.
de las Cuevas-Diaz previously served as the President of the Cuban American Bar Association.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a juris doctor from Tulane University.
Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Chaired by Ed Burr, the Florida State University Board of Trustees is a13-member governing board for the University.
The Board of Trustees consists of six members appointed by the Governor, the Florida Board of Governors, the Chair of the Faculty Senate and the President of the Student Body.
“It sets policy for the institution and serves as the institution’s legal owner and governing board,” the trustees website says. “The Board of Trustees is responsible for high quality education programs within the laws of the State of Florida and Regulations of the Florida Board of Governors. The Board of Trustees holds the institution’s resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use.”
de las Cuevas-Diaz comes on as the university moves ahead with a new president, Richard McCullough.
Since 2012, McCullough has been the vice provost for research at Harvard University. In that role McCullough was charged with working with the president and provost to “encourage, cultivate, and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions,” according to the college’s website.
McCullough, has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas. He earned his master’s and doctorate in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.