Florida Gov. Rick Scott creates task force on higher education

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that he was creating a task force to reform higher education in Florida.

“The state has a vested interest in ensuring its higher education system produces world-class talent to serve as engaged citizens and meet the demands of Florida’s emerging knowledge-based economy,” said Scott in a a statement. “It’s time to assess the progress of prior reform efforts and identify strategies to improve efficiencies and enhance the system’s effectiveness as an economic catalyst.”

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform will focus its attention on the State University System’s governance model, mainly the interaction between the Board of Governors and individual universities. Final recommendations are due October 31.

The chair, Dr. Dale A. Brill, will be joined by six members, two selected by Senate President Mike Haridopolos and Senate President Designate Don Gaetz, two selected by House Speaker Dean Cannon and Speaker Designate Will Weatherford and two selected by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors, Dean Colson and Mori Hosseini.

Dr. Brill serves as the president of the Florida Chamber Foundation and is a former full-time member of Florida State University’s faculty. He previously served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.

The state’s colleges and universities enroll more than 324,000 students.

You can follow the work of the task force at and, as well as Twitter feeds available by following @FLHigherEd.