Levine joins Board of Governors

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.

As he takes his new post on the Board of Governors, former University of Florida trustee Alan Levine said his biggest concerns facing the university system are rising tuition costs and the ability for students to get jobs after graduation.

On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott tapped Levine, along with four others, to join the 17-member board that governs the state university system.

Levine said he will take what he's learned as a trustee and apply it to his new role overseeing all of Florida's universities.

"It's understanding that your role on the Board of Governors is to look at higher education systematically," he said.

He said tuition hikes in recent years have made it harder for families to afford a higher education, echoing Scott's philosophy that tuition should remain low.

"We have to be ultra-sensitive to their struggles," he said.

He said he was honored to serve as a UF trustee, where he feels he learned from all of his colleagues.

UF Provost Joe Glover said he felt Levine always kept the student perspective in mind when making decisions.

"Alan had a great passion for the interests of the undergraduates," he said.

Levine graduate from UF with a bachelor's in health education and community health, a master's degree in health science and a master's of business administration. Scott appointed Levine to the UF Board of Trustees in May 2011.

Scott also appointed Harry "Wayne" Huizenga, Jr., of Delray Beach, president of Rybovich Boat Company and Huizenga holdings; Ned C. Lautenbach, of Naples, a retired partner from a New York equity firm; Wendy Link, of Palm Beach Gardens, an attorney who is managing partner of Ackerman, Link & Sartory; and Edward Morton, of Naples, partner with Wasmer

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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