Board of Trustees

By constitutional mandate, each state university board of trustees consists of 13 members.

New College Board of Trustees

The Florida Constitution provides that each state university shall be administered by a board of trustees consisting of 13 members dedicated to the purpose of the State University System. Six citizen members are appointed by Florida’s Governor and five citizen members are appointed by the Florida Board of Governors. In addition, the chair of the faculty and the president of the student body serve on the board.

The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution. The President of New College serves as Secretary to the Board, but is not a voting member of the Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities and Authority

Under Florida Statutes, the Board of Trustees is established as a public body corporate with all the attendant powers and obligations of a public instrumentality. In addition to its Constitutional and Statutory authority, the Board of Trustees is afforded rights and responsibilities under the Regulations of the Florida Board of Governors.

The Board of Trustees is vested with a broad range of authority and responsibilities for governing and managing New College. Its specific powers and duties include responsibility for making cost-effective policy decisions, authority to adopt rules, authority to acquire and to dispose of real and personal property and for controlling college-owned property, responsibility to establish degree programs, and generally, authority and responsibility to do all things needed to administer New College. The Board has the authority to take action whether recommended by the President or not, and can direct the President to deliver all information required by the Board.

Chapter 2 of the New College Regulations Manual identifies the specific rights, duties, and powers of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees.



Felice Schulaner is a retired human resources executive who now serves on local nonprofit boards. Besides her role as chair of the New College Board of Trustees, she serves as a director of New College Foundation and a member of the boards of Visible Men Academy, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

From March 2011 to May 2015, Schulaner served as executive director of the Coach Foundation, whose mission areas were women’s empowerment and education for underserved populations.

Previously, Ms. Schulaner was the senior vice president of human resources for Coach Inc., a multibillion-dollar global accessories company, a position she held from 2000 to 2008. She held similar positions at Optimark Technologies and Salant Corporation. Her 25 years of business experience also include senior human resources positions at American Express and Macy’s, and retail management positions at Sears and Jordan Marsh.

Ms. Schulaner graduated from New College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She and her husband live on Siesta Key. She was reappointed by the Board of Governors to a second term, ending on January 6, 2020.


Mary Ruiz, who graduated from New College in 1978, is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer with specialization in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development, new product line launches, government relations and joint ventures.

Trustee Ruiz is the former CEO of Centerstone of Florida and now heads her own consulting firm – Ruiz Strategic Advisors.  In addition to her bachelor’s degree from New College in Urban Studies, she received her MBA from the University of South Florida.  She will serve on the Board through January 6, 2021. Ruiz previously served as a trustee from 2011 to 2016.


Mark Aesch is the chief executive officer of TransPro Consulting, a management advisory firm that specializes in working with the public sector, including government, education and transportation. Aesch was formerly the CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, where he led a financial turnaround and improved services. He is an author and a frequent commentator on improving government efficiency.

Aesch received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. He was appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term beginning February 20, 2018, and ending January 6, 2020.


Ron Christaldi is a partner in the law firm of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP where he has a broad practice, comprised of both transactions and complex litigation. Ron also serves as the President/CEO of Shumaker Advisors Florida LLC, a government relations and public affairs firm.

He has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Florida and one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Ron served as the past Chair of the Tampa Bay Chamber. He also has served a variety of organizations including the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, Friends of the Riverwalk, Inc., City of Tampa Charter Review Commission, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, Creative Tampa Bay, Inc., City of Tampa Creative Industries Council and the Tampa Theatre Facility Master Plan Task Force among other groups.

Trustee Christaldi received his bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida, his master’s degree from Florida State University, and his law degree from Florida State University College of Law.  His term began on January 6, 2020 and ends on January 6, 2025.


Felipe Colon has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo since 2007. He also serves as chair of Suncoast Community Capital, a Bradenton-based nonprofit that provides business coaching, workforce readiness training, tax preparation and microloan access to low-income people and communities.

Colon serves on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, first appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010 and is a 2009 graduate of the “Leadership Sarasota” program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Colon received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 2004. He succeeds Bradford Baker and is appointed for a term beginning February 20, 2018, and ending January 6, 2021.


David Harvey, Professor of History, and Chair, Division of Social Sciences, is chair of the faculty at New College of Florida. Professor Harvey’s primary area of interest is the history of modern France and Germany. He is the author of Constructing Class and Nationality in Alsace, 1830-1945 (2001), Beyond Enlightenment: Occultism and Politics in Modern France (2005) and The French Enlightenment and Its Others: The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences (2012).

Trustee Harvey earned his B.A. degree at Rice University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.  As chair of the faculty, Dr. Harvey is a statutory member of the board of trustees, with the term beginning August 7, 2019 and ending August 6, 2022.



Steven Keshishian came to New College from a small village in the country of Lebanon.  His academic concentration is in economics and, after graduating from New College, he is planning to continue his education by obtaining his MBA in business school in the United States.

Among his many activities, he currently advises the anti-violence non-profit ‘Million Hoodies Movement for Justice,’ a student-led human rights organization.  In just his third year at New College, he is serving his second consecutive term as President of the New College Student Association (NCSA).

As NCSA President, Steven is a statutory member of the Board of Trustees, with the term beginning July 1, 2019, and ending on June 30, 2020.  His personal interests include weightlifting and competitive bodybuilding.


Garin C. Hoover is a Sarasota-Bradenton real estate broker. An Ohio native, Hoover moved to Florida in 2004 and started his real estate firm, Hoover Realty. In Ohio, he worked as an attorney in the Cleveland area, as in-house counsel for a corporation and as an associate with a firm, before opening a private law practice. His previous experience includes working as a credit manager, a stockholder relations analyst and a tax research specialist.

Hoover also serves on the Finance Committee of the School District of Manatee County.

Hoover earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University and his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida. He was appointed to a vacant seat on the New College board for a term beginning June 7, 2018, and ending January 6, 2023.


New College alumna and local entrepreneur, Charlie Lenger ’78 was appointed to the late State Senator Bob Johnson’s seat on the board of trustees four days after his death. She has been the owner and CEO of Tropex Plant Leasing company since 1981.

She currently serves on the New College Foundation’s Board of Directors and previously served as chair of the Goodwill Manasota, Inc. board. Her term began on September 4, 2015, and ends on January 1, 2020.


John Lilly is the president of John Lilly Strategic Insights, LLC, with offices in Minneapolis and Sarasota. Prior to becoming an advisor to private equity funds, he was the CEO of The Pillsbury Company and before that, an executive with Procter & Gamble in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Lilly currently serves as a trustee for Sarah Lawrence College and is involved in early stage investing across the U.S. He grew up on Longboat Key, and received a bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from Emory University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was appointed by the Board of Governors to a term beginning January 21, 2016 and ending January 6, 2021.


Norman Worthington is the CEO of Star2Star Communications, LLC and co-founder of Copytalk, LLC as well as numerous other technology enterprises in Portland, Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley. He previously served on the New College Foundation Board. Worthington earned his bachelor’s degree from New College and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

A serial entrepreneur, he and his wife Susan, also a New College graduate, live in Sarasota. Appointed by Governor Scott, he succeeds Steven Snyder in a term beginning February 8, 2016 and ending January 6, 2021.



Appearances Before the Board of Trustees

The New College Board of Trustees is committed to promoting transparency and public input regarding the governance of New College of Florida. Time is set aside at each meeting for members of the public to submit questions, comments, and concerns.

Members of the public are asked to complete a public comment form specifying the matter on which they wish to speak. These forms will be available at the public information table at each full board meeting and must be submitted prior to the start of the meeting. To submit a public comment at Board meetings that are held via teleconference, contact the Office of General Counsel at 941-487-4877. Comment forms must be returned prior to the date of the teleconference meeting.

A group or faction wishing to address the Board will designate a representative to speak on its behalf. Individuals and representatives of groups will be allotted three minutes; however, this time limit may be modified at the discretion of the chair.

To see public notices and agendas of upcoming meetings, click here.

Scheduled Board of Trustees Meetings

Draft MinutesSaturday, June 6, 2020 at 9 a.m., at Sudakoff Conference Center
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 9 a.m., at Sudakoff Conference Center
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., at Sudakoff Conference Center

Past Board of Trustees Meetings and Committee Minutes

The minutes from prior Board meetings are posted below in PDF format.

Tuesday, April 21: 
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Tuesday, February 25: 
Sudakoff Conference Center

Tuesday, January 21: Sudakoff Conference Center

Wednesday, December 4:  Conference Call

Tuesday, October 22:  Sudakoff Conference Center

Saturday, September 14: 
College Hall Music Room

Saturday, June 8:
Sudakoff Conference Center

Friday, May 31: 2019 Ad Hoc Presidential Evaluation Committee
Approved Minutes

Tuesday, April 23: Sudakoff Conference Center

Tuesday, April 16: 2019 Ad Hoc Presidential Evaluation Committee
Approved Minutes

Tuesday, Feb. 26:  Sudakoff Conference Center

Tuesday, Feb. 5:  Sudakoff Conference Center – Approved minutes

Monday, Dec. 17: Cook Hall, Room 120 – Approved minutes

Saturday, Oct. 20:  Sudakoff Conference Center

Saturday Sept. 8, Board of Trustees Annual Meeting

Monday, Aug. 13: BOT Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, Cook Hall Conference Room 120 – Approved Minutes

July 17, 2018:
BOT Joint Strategic Planning and Ad Hoc Governance Committee Meeting with Internal College Strategic Planning Committee – Approved Minutes​

​July 16, 2018:
New Trustee Orientation – Approved Minutes

June 9, 2018: Board of Trustees Meeting — Approved Minutes

June 7, 2018: Ad Hoc Governance Committee
Approved Minutes

June 4, 2018: Ad hoc Student Housing Committee
Approved Minutes

May 30, 2018: Ad Hoc Committee on Presidential Evaluation and Compensation
Approved Minutes

April 20, 2018: Trustee Orientation
Approved Minutes

April 2, 2018: Ad hoc Committee on Presidential Evaluation and Compensation
Approved Minutes

March 20, 2018: Ad hoc Committee on Board Governance
Approved Minutes

March 3, 2018: Board of Trustees Meeting
Approved Minutes

February 16, 2018: Board of Trustees Teleconference
Approved Minutes

January 17, 2018: Board of Trustees Meeting
Approved Minutes


November 4, 2017: Board of Trustees Annual Meeting
Approved Minutes

October 10, 2017: Board of Trustees Teleconference
Approved Minutes

September 28, 2017: Audit and Compliance Committee Meeting
Approved Minutes

September 19, 2017: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
Approved Minutes

September 9, 2017: Board of Trustees Annual Meeting – Postponed

August 18, 2017: Ad hoc Board Appraisal Committee Meeting
Draft Minutes

July 10, 2017: Board of Trustees Meeting
Approved Minutes

June 10, 2017: Board of Trustees Meeting
Approved Minutes

June 6, 2017
Ad hoc BOT Presidential Evaluation and Contract Committee Meeting
Approved Minutes

May 22, 2017
Ad hoc BOT Presidential Evaluation and Contract Committee Meeting
Approved Minutes

April 28, 2017
BOT Teleconference Meeting
Approved Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2017
Ad hoc BOT Presidential Evaluation Committee Meeting
Approved Minutes

March 11, 2017
Board of Trustees Meeting
Approved Meeting Minutes


October 29, 2016
September 29, 2016
September 10, 2016
July 26, 2016
June 11, 2016
April 28, 2016
March 31, 2016
March 5, 2016


October 31, 2015
September 12, 2015
July 21, 2015
June 13, 2015
June 5, 2015
March 7, 2015


December 15, 2014
November 8, 2014
September 23, 2014
September 6, 2014
August 28, 2014
June 12, 2014
June 11, 2014
May 31, 2014
March 8, 2014
January 3, 2014

December 16, 2013
November 16, 2013
October 21, 2013
September 7, 2013
June 15, 2013
March 2, 2013
May 11, 2013
January 4, 2013

November 17, 2012
September 8, 2012
June 16, 2012
May 12, 2012
March 10, 2012
January 11, 2012

November 4, 2011
September 10, 2011
June 18, 2011
May 14, 2011
March 5, 2011