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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Governor's Press Office
850-717-9282

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to the State Board of Education

Tallahassee, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Dr. Ada G. Armas and John A. Colon, and the reappointment of John R. Padget to the State Board of Education.

Armas, 53, of Coral Gables, is a physician with MCCI Medical Group. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and her medical degree from Cetec University. Armas succeeds Roberto Martinez and is appointed for a term beginning February 7, 2013, and ending December 31, 2016.

Colon, 61, of University Park, is a senior vice president and investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors. He was the Chairman of the Sarasota Housing Committee for two years and currently serves as Vice Chairman. Colon is also a member of the Florida Black Business Investment Board. He received his bachelor's degree from Queens College in 1974. Colon succeeds Akshay M. Desai and is appointed for a term beginning February 7, 2013, and ending December 31, 2014.

Padget, 75, of Key West, is a private investor. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell University, and a master's of business degree from Harvard University. He is reappointed for a term beginning February 7, 2013, and ending December 31, 2016.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.