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PRESS RELEASE

April 16, 2002

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

Education Secretary Jim Horne names Melinda Miguel as Inspector General

Education Secretary Jim Horne today announced that he has appointed Melinda Miguel as inspector general for the Florida Board of Education.

Prior to this appointment, Miguel had been inspector general for the Florida Department of Education. Earlier, she served as inspector general for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

"Melinda Miguel's extensive experience in state government makes her the ideal choice for this important job on my management team," Horne said. "She has established an excellent reputation as an auditor and as a manager, and the quality of her work speaks to both her integrity and her ability."

Miguel has worked as a legislative analyst with the Florida House of Representatives, as the chief of auditing for the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and as an auditor/investigator with the Office of Inspector General of the Florida Lottery.

Miguel has also worked in the private sector and was part of a team that consolidated the financial-management functions of the Burdines, Maas Brothers and Jordan Marsh retail chains. She also worked in banking and financial investments.

She is a member of the board of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is vice president of the Florida Audit Forum. She has worked with the National Association of Inspectors General since 1996 and has served as lieutenant governor of the Tobacco Tax Section of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Miguel holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Florida State University and is pursuing a master's degree in public administration. She is a certified inspector general, a certified fraud examiner, a certified government financial manager, a certified financial services auditor and a certified business manager.