William R. "Bill" Johnston - Chair
Bill Johnston is highly regarded throughout financial circles. He served from 1996 to 2001 as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange, followed by two years of consulting with the Exchange. He has a long and distinguished record on Wall Street, with Johnston & Lunger, Mitchum Jones & Templeton, Agora Securities, and LaBranche & Co. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he has remained active and is an emeritus trustee. Johnston served on the board of Hollins University in Virginia. Currently he is a member of the boards of Friends of DeSoto National Park, Plymouth Harbor, and Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Foundation. His past advisory board service included the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York, Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies of the University of Richmond. Johnston and his wife Betsy now make their primary home in Bradenton. Appointed by the Board of Governors, Term ends January 6, 2015.
Keith D. Monda - Vice Chair
Keith D. Monda was president and chief operating officer of Coach, Inc. from May 2002 until June 2008, having served previously as chief operating officer and executive vice president. Monda also served as a director of Coach, Inc. from June 2000 to November 2009. Prior to that, he was at Timberland Company, where he held the positions of senior vice president for finance and administration, as well as senior vice president for operations and chief financial officer. He was also executive vice president for finance and administration at J.Crew, Inc. and held management positions with Bunge Corporation and Pfizer, Inc. Monda earned his B.S. degree in business administration and M.A. in economics from Ohio State University. He is currently a member of the Ohio State University Foundation Board, co-chair of the Advisory Committee for the Executive dean of Arts & Sciences at Ohio State and chairman of the Arts & Sciences Ohio State University Capital Campaign. He is a resident of Siesta Key. Appointed by the Governor; term ends January 2015.
Bradford Baker has had a long association with New College and served most recently as chair of the New College Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been the director of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. since 2008 and president of Nexus Biometrics Inc. since 2004. He has also been president of Bramar Housing Inc. since 1996. Baker was executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation from 1999 to 2000. He is a past board member of the Manatee Community College Foundation, as well as the Nova Southeastern University Foundation. Baker received an associate’s degree from State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) and a bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Appointed by the Governor; term ends January 6, 2016.
Rick Coe, Chair of the Faculty, is a professor of Economics at New College of Florida. He holds a A.B. from Kenyon College and M.A., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1984, he joined the New College faculty. Dr. Coe teaches introductory micro and macro economics, as well as upper-level courses in law and economics, poverty and redistributive policy, and government expenditures and taxation. His current research interests focus on the federal deficit and debt, and on issues regarding the income tax. Dr. Coe chaired the Division of Social Sciences for six years, and serves on the College Budget Committee. The Chair of the Faculty is a statutory member of the Board of Trustees. Term ends August 2013.
Audrey R. Coleman received her Bachelor’s degree in Music/Education from Youngstown University (PA) and her Master’s in Education from Boston State College. She rose through the administrative ranks during a 34-year career with the Boston School Department, ultimately directing the critical area of Comprehensive School Planning. While serving as national president of Lambda Kappa Mu, a sorority of black professional and business leaders, she was selected as one of the “ten most influential” African-American women to meet with President Reagan at the White House in 1985. Since retiring to Florida with her husband Bill nine years ago, Coleman has been affiliated with several local non-profit organizations including Girls, Inc., the Community Foundation of Sarasota, and the Women’s Resource Center. She was instrumental in chartering The Society, Inc., an NGO committed to providing opportunities for the development of fine and performing arts talent among young people, particularly African-American youth. She resides in Lakewood Ranch. Appointed by the Board of Governors; term ends January 6, 2016.
Daniel Ducassi is a third-year student who was elected Co-President of the New College Student Alliance in Fall 2012 for the calendar year 2013. He thus holds a statutory appointment on the Board of Trustees. He is studying Anthropology/Environmental Studies and lives on campus. A 2010 graduate of the School for Advanced Studies in his hometown of Miami, he enjoys gardening, camping and pursuing issues of environmental justice. Ducassi's term runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Robert M. Johnson
Former Florida State Senator Robert M. Johnson was originally appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the New College of Florida Board of Trustees in 2001, when New College was designated a member of the State University System and the honors college for the arts and sciences of the State of Florida. He subsequently was re-appointed to the Board by Governor Charlie Crist in 2010. Johnson served as Chair of the New College Board from 2001 to 2007 and also from 2010-2012. He is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of Florida Law School and has a long history of public service to New College and the greater Sarasota and Bradenton communities. He also served as a member of the National Council of the Arts from 1985 to 1993, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Johnson, a local attorney, has been a major figure in New College history. He began his affiliation with the school by playing an important role in making the College part of the State University System in 1975. In 1977, he was named and continues to serve as a Trustee of the New College Foundation. Johnson helped procure funding that resulted in the construction of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Heiser Natural Sciences complex and numerous other facilities on campus. Appointed by the Governor; term ends January 2015.
Elaine M. Keating is a local philanthropist. She and her late husband, Ed Keating, and The Keating Foundation have supported interests in numerous local arts, social service, and educational initiatives. Ms. Keating is former president of E. Mason, Inc., a financial services firm in the Midwest. In addition to being a trustee of New College Foundation (1996-2006) where she chaired the Student Activities Committee, she has held and continues to hold seats on many other boards. Ms. Keating is a graduate of Carleton College and a resident of Longboat Key. Re-appointed by the Governor; term ends January 2016.
Mary Ruiz is President and CEO of Manatee Glens, a nonprofit behavioral health hospital and outpatient practice which employs 450 staff. Earlier in her career she worked for both Sarasota and Manatee Counties in health and human services. A graduate of New College of Florida with a concentration in Urban Studies she received her MBA at the University of South Florida and is the founding president of the New College Alumni/ae Association. Ruiz has senior management experience in hospital administration, corporate strategic planning, business development, government relations, and nonprofit agency administration. She is a founding Board member of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, a provider-sponsored network recently awarded a $130 million state contract for behavioral health services. In recognition of her contributions to the behavioral health field in the state, she was named a Fellow of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and Administrator of the Year by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in 2002. She resides in Bradenton, FL. Appointed by the Board of Governors; term ends January 6, 2016.
John W. Saputo is owner and president of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing of Sarasota and a highly decorated colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps (retired). He served with distinction during the Persian Gulf War and was awarded a bronze star with Combat V for valor in 1992. In 2004, he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Central Command for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A third-generation beer wholesaler, Saputo’s business career has been as distinguished as his military service. He has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has served on various community boards, including Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and SunTrust Bank. His company currently serves more than 1,400 businesses in the Sarasota-Manatee area, employs 150 associates, and is involved with numerous local charitable events. Saputo graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a resident of Longboat Key. Appointed by the Governor; term ends January 6, 2013. Trustee Saputo will continue to serve as a Trustee unit he is reappointed or the Governor appoints someone else.
Felice Schulaner, served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Coach Inc., a multi-billion dollar, global accessories company, from 2000 to 2007. Prior to this, she held similar positions a Optimark Technologies and Salant Corporation. Ms Schulaner's 25+ year business career also included senior human resources positions at American Express and Macy's and retail management positions at Sears and Jordan Marsh. A native of New Jersey, she graduated from New College in 1981 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. Ms. Schulaner also volunteers with the Non-Profit Resource Center of the Community Foundation of Sarasota to provide consulting in the area of Human Resources. She and her husband Dennis Rees live on Siesta Key. Appointed by the Board of Governors, term ends January 6, 2015.
For the past 12 years, George A. Skestos has lived on Longboat Key, Florida. He was born in Owosso, Michigan and graduated from high school there, before going on to the University of Michigan where he earned his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees. He served three years in the US Navy and went on to found several very successful businesses, including Homewood Corporation, Trinity Home Builders and Franklin Bank. A longtime resident of Columbus, he served as a member of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees for nine years, from 1992 – 2001, and chaired the Task Force to build The Ohio State University’s Schottenstein/Value City Arena and to renovate the University’s football stadium. A man of many interests, he was appointed to numerous other boards, including those of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Huntington National Bank and Midland Insurance. He has been a member of the board of The Ohio State University Hospital since 1992 and now chairs the board of The Ohio State University Hospital East. Originally appointed by the Board of Governors to complete the term of the late J. Robert Peterson which ended on January 6, 2013, he was appointed to a full term which ends on January 6, 2018.
Born in Miami Beach, Steven Snyder is a native Floridian. He has been the developer and chief executive officer of RSP-USA Inc., a Sarasota real estate marketing business, since 1997. He earned a B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University in Fort Wayne and his M.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from Indiana University at Bloomington. Highly skilled in marketing and computer programming, he was a senior manager for R.J. Reynolds from 1977 to 1992, working in their marketing and marketing research departments. Appointed by the Governor; term ends January 6, 2016.