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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appointed two new members to UF's highest governing body, the Board of Trustees, on Wednesday.

Danny Ponce, a 59-year-old attorney from Gainesville, will replace former board chairman Manny Fernandez, who resigned in December.

Dr. Steven M. Scott, a 59-year-old physician from Boca Raton, will replace David Brown, whose appointment expired this year.

The new appointments still require confirmation from the Florida Senate.

Scott said his first official meeting with the board would be at a retreat next month.

"I have no idea what I'm supposed to do, but I'm going to try to learn between now and then," he said with a laugh.

Scott said he plans to work for more faculty endowments and student scholarships.

Also, he said he'd like to utilize and expand UF's health science center.

"UF is, I'm very, very proud to say, a fine academic institution that I'm not sure many people in Florida fully appreciate," he said.

Scott's term would end in 2013, and Ponce's in 2011. Ponce could not be reached for comment.

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