The state university system’s Board of Governors on Wednesday approved reappointments of Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson and Florida Polytechnic University President Randy Avent, while also backing a contract extension for Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin until his successor can be found.
University trustees appoint and reappoint presidents, subject to confirmation from the Board of Governors. Robinson was reappointed through the end of 2023, while Avent was reappointed through July 6, 2024.
Martin had planned to retire at the end of 2022, but the Florida Gulf Coast Board of Trustees decided in November to reopen a search for his successor.
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The contract extension approved Wednesday will keep Martin in the job until June 30 or until a successor is selected, if that comes earlier.
“I have told Ray, among others, that if this doesn’t change soon, they will find me decomposing in parking garage 2,” Martin joked Wednesday, referring to university system Chancellor Ray Rodrigues. “And I think that would be a real blow to my family.”
Board of Governors member Tim Cerio, who was chairing the meeting, responded, “Thank you, Dr. Martin for your comments and that remarkable visual.”
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