By constitutional mandate, each state university board of trustees consists of 13 members.
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.
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.
Bill Johnston is highly regarded throughout financial circles. He served from 1996 to 2001 as president and chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange, followed by two years of consulting. 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 trustee emeritus.
Mr. Johnston also 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 includes 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 now make their primary home in Bradenton. He was reappointed by the Board of Governors to a second term ending on January 6, 2020.
Bradford Baker has a long association with New College, and most recently served as chair of the New College Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been a 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 previously served on the boards of Manatee Community College Foundation and Nova Southeastern University Foundation. Baker received an associate degree from State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) and a bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Baker was appointed by the Governor for a term ending on January 6, 2016.
Audrey R. Coleman received her bachelor’s degree in music/education from Youngstown University 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 “10 most influential” African-American women to meet with President Reagan at the White House in 1985.
Since retiring to Florida with her husband, Coleman has been affiliated with several local nonprofit organizations including Girls, Inc., Community Foundation of Sarasota, and Women’s Resource Center. She was instrumental in chartering The Society, Inc., a non-governmental organization 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. She was reappointed by the Board of Governors for a second term beginning January 21, 2016 and ending January 6, 2021.
Keith Fitzgerald, associate professor of political science, is chair of the faculty at New College of Florida. He is a lifelong teacher, scholar, public servant, and active citizen.
His field is American politics and political theory and he specializes in American political development, the long-term interaction of ideas, political institutions and public policy.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, a statewide advisory board, and the Faculty Budget and Planning Committee at New College.
Professor Fitzgerald is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives (2006-2010) where he served as House Minority Caucus Policy Chair. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress in 2012.
He is currently working on an academic program called “New College in Tallahassee.” The program lets students spend a semester in the state capitol taking a New College class on Florida politics, holding intensive internships in the state capitol, and meeting knowledgeable and important participants in the political process during their weekly seminar.
Keith shares his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky with Louis Brandeis, Hunter S. Thompson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Muhammad Ali. He belonged to St. Martha’s Parrish, attended Trinity High School, and the University of Louisville. He completed his doctorate at Indiana University. Keith is married to Angela Baker and has twins, Bridget and Conor, who attend public schools in Sarasota. As chair of the faculty, Keith is a statutory member of the board of trustees, with the term beginning August 7, 2016 and ending August 6, 2019.
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.
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.
For the past 12 years, George A. Skestos has lived on Longboat Key, Florida. He was born in Owosso, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he earned his B.A., MBA, and J.D. He served three years in the U.S. Navy and founded 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.
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.
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 Secretary of the College 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.
The minutes from prior Board meetings are posted below in PDF format. For minutes prior to 2011, please contact Suzanne Janney in the Office of the President.
January 17, 2018: Board of Trustees Meeting
November 4, 2017: Board of Trustees Annual Meeting
October 10, 2017: Board of Trustees Teleconference
September 28, 2017: Audit and Compliance Committee Meeting
September 19, 2017: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
September 9, 2017: Board of Trustees Annual Meeting – Postponed
August 18, 2017: Ad hoc Board Appraisal Committee Meeting
July 10, 2017: Board of Trustees Meeting
June 10, 2017: Board of Trustees Meeting
June 6, 2017
Ad hoc BOT Presidential Evaluation and Contract Committee Meeting
May 22, 2017
Ad hoc BOT Presidential Evaluation and Contract Committee Meeting
April 28, 2017
BOT Teleconference Meeting
Approved Meeting Minutes
April 10, 2017
Ad hoc BOT Presidential Evaluation Committee Meeting
March 11, 2017
Board of Trustees Meeting
Approved Meeting Minutes