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BOT chairman Scott Howat named Florida Trustee of the Year

Scott Howat, AFC Trustee of the Year, was re-elected to his fourth consecutive term as chairman of the Seminole State Board of Trustees in August.

Scott Howat, chairman of the Seminole State College Board of Trustees, has been honored as the 2013 Florida Trustee of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Trustee Commission.   

In his six years as a member of the Board of Trustees, Howat’s leadership has contributed to the success of the College and its students, as well as to the Central Florida region, says Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State.

"Scott is being recognized for the countless hours that he has given to our college and our Florida College System as the consummate unpaid volunteer," McGee says. "He is highly respected for his integrity and diligence in working hard to bring people together for the good of all."

Howat, who works as senior director of labor and legislative relations for Orange County Public Schools, was re-elected to his fourth consecutive one-year term as Seminole State’s Board of Trustees’ chairman in August. His accomplishments include:

  • Working closely with the college’s administration, legislators and business leaders on the expansion of the Altamonte Springs Campus. The college plans to expand the campus through public-private partnerships (PPP). His support this year was instrumental in the passage of legislation that allows FCS institutions to pursue PPP funding. 
  • Leading in the development and implementation of a “pay for performance” compensation system for non-instructional college employees to provide compensation based on performance and efficiency. This is the first system of its kind for non-instructional college employees in Florida and is being used as a state model.
  • Leading the facilitation of joint meetings between Florida’s K-12 lobbyists and FCS lobbyists to ensure better coordination on issues and legislation of mutual interest.
  • Initiating the development of a paperless evaluation for Seminole State’s president, which allows all trustees to complete, review and submit online during the evaluation cycle each year. This evaluation process has been similarly adopted at other FCS institutions.
  • Adding segments to all board meetings to highlight student success and faculty innovation. These segments allow the board to interact with students and faculty and help the board members understand the importance of their role.

Howat accepted the award Friday, Sept. 13, at the AFC Trustees Commission Conference at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista.

All Florida trustees who serve on district boards for any of the 28 FCS institutions were eligible for the award. As the state winner, Howat will represent Florida for the national trustee award through the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State operates six sites in Central Florida, including campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary. Seminole State, one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the nation, has nearly 32,000 students.

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