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Monday, December 8, 2008

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Statement By:

Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith
"Today Governor Charlie Crist announced his appointment of Peter Boulware to the State Board of Education. His dedicated work as a business leader, athlete and father will prepare him to further the State Board of Education’s mission to help all of Florida’s students achieve at their highest levels. I’m thrilled to begin working with him as we continue to enhance Florida’s education system.”

Governor Crist Names Peter Boulware to State Board of Education

~ Praises Boulware as a strong mentor and role model for children, public education ~

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today appointed Peter Boulware, 33, of Tallahassee, to the State Board of Education.

“Peter will be a wonderful addition to the State Board of Education,” said Governor Crist. “As a former professional athlete and now as a businessman and father, he has proven himself to be a strong role model who values education and understands how important it is in bettering the lives of Floridians.”

Boulware is married with three children and is vice president of the Legacy Toyota dealership in Tallahassee. A former All-American for the Florida State University Seminoles, Boulware graduated in 1997 and played for nine years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. In Baltimore, he established the Peter Boulware Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization in which Boulware served as a mentor and motivational speaker to inner-city students, many of them young athletes. He currently serves on the Florida State University Athletics Committee, and previously was a board member of the University of Maryland Medical Children’s Hospital.

“I’m very excited that the Governor has appointed me to this position,” said Boulware. “It’s definitely an honor, and I look forward to working to help improve our education system here in Florida.”

Boulware succeeds Donna Callaway, who resigned on June 25, 2008. Boulware’s appointment is effective immediately, and his term runs through December 31, 2009.