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January 6, 2003

Contact: Elizabeth Hirst
(850) 488-5394

Governor Bush Announces Appointments to the Florida Board of Education

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush today announced his appointments to the Florida Board of Education. In November 1998, Florida's citizens voted to change the Board of Education from the seven-member Cabinet to a newly established Board made up of seven members appointed by the Governor. The mission of the Board was to create a seamless education system to govern Florida's K- 20 educational system. In accordance with the 1998 Constitutional Amendment, the Department of Education will become a Governor's agency.

"Over the past 18 months, members appointed to the Florida Board in the summer of 2001, have been preparing to transition our education system to this historic and unprecedented new model," said Governor Bush. "Tomorrow, the will of the voters will be realized. I am confident the individuals appointed today will continue the commitment of meeting the needs and challenges within Florida's schools, community colleges and universities through education policies that are centered on student- learning and academic excellence."

Sally Bradshaw was appointed to replace Ms. Carolyn Roberts. Bradshaw's professional career includes involvement with education policies and budget issues at the state level. She served as Chief of Staff to Governor Jeb Bush from January 1999 to January 2001. While serving as Chief of Staff, she was actively involved with the Governor's proposal to reorganize the State Board of Education into its present form and promoting the Governor's efforts through the A+ Plan to bring accountability to the K- 12 system. Bradshaw received her undergraduate degree in political science from George Washington University. She is a resident of Havana.

Philip Handy, who was reappointed chairman of the Florida Board of Education, is a businessman with almost 30 years experience in the investment sector and as a member of numerous public and private boards. For the past nine months, he was a member and chairman of the Education Governance Reorganization Transition Task Force. The Task Force was responsible for the recommendations that formed the basis of the legislation that created Florida's new education governance structure. Mr. Handy received his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He is a resident of Winter Park.

Dr. Linda Eads' professional career has been devoted to serving children in Florida's public school system as a teacher and administrator. Her experience includes the founding of a unique magnet marine-theme high school and working with school districts in the southeastern United States to help them address gender equity issues. Her attempts to reduce the bureaucratic structures that sometimes limit the ability of teachers and principals to deal with problems in our schools, combined with her hands- on approach to education make her a great choice to be a member of the State Board of Education. Dr. Eads holds a B.E., a M.A. and a Ph.D. in education. She is a resident of Miami.

Talmadge W. Fair has been personally and professionally involved for the past 35 years in working to close the achievement gap between African-American children and other children in the Miami-Dade County public school system. He is the founder of Liberty Charter School in Miami. His experience as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Miami-Dade Community College and Florida International University are valuable in dealing with the complexities of providing education to our state's most vulnerable students. Fair received his undergraduate degree from Johnson C. Smith University and his M.S.W. from the Atlanta University School of Social Work. He lives in Miami.

Charles Garcia, a decorated former air force officer and current chairman and chief executive officer of Sterling Financial Investment Group, Inc., is a highly respected businessman, lawyer, and community leader from South Florida. Garcia has served as one of 14 White House Fellows appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, and in that capacity was asked by President George Bush, Sr. to serve with Dr. William Bennett in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has also received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the highest peacetime award given to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, for his service in the U.S. Air Force, and was selected as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine. Mr. Garcia received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and a J.D. from Columbia University's School of Law. He is a resident of Boca Raton.

Julia Johnson, a Central Florida native, has been a strong advocate for higher education in the African- American community and has contributed to the formulation of high-tech educational policy initiatives as chairman of the Information Services Technology Development Task Force. Her professional experience includes serving as adjunct professor at Florida State University, working for the Florida Department of Community Affairs as senior attorney and director of legislative affairs, and most recently as a commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. She currently serves on the University of Florida Foundation Board of Trustees. Ms. Johnson received B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida. She lives in Orlando.

Dr. William "Bill" Proctor's career spans 45 years, during which he has served as a public school teacher, coach and superintendent. He has also held the post of dean at the university level. Dr. Proctor's professional experience includes expertise in the fields of exceptional child education, student services, and academic and student life programming. He has been directly involved with legislative issues pertaining to education for more than 25 years. A recipient of many prestigious education awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award from Florida State University and the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Dr. Proctor is currently serving as President of Flagler College, but plans to retire by June 30 of this year. He holds an undergraduate degree in education and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Education Administration. Dr. William Proctor lives in St. Augustine.