Scott D. Howat, Chair

Scott Howat

Scott Howat is a member of Seminole State College's district board of trustees. Former Governor Charlie Crist appointed him for a 4-year term August 17, 2007. Mr. Howat was subsequently reappointed twice by Governor Rick Scott for consecutive terms that end May 31, 2019.

Mr. Howat has more than 28 years of experience in public education. His first position was as a social studies teacher and baseball coach at University High School in Orlando. In 2002, he was appointed assistant principal at University and served in that capacity for four years. 

In March 2006, Mr. Howat moved to a district role as director of Legislative and Congressional Relations at Orange County Public Schools. Soon after, he was appointed Senior Executive Director of Planning, Governmental and Labor Relations. Mr. Howat now serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the school district and President of the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools.

In 2013, Mr. Howat was named the Florida Trustee of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges Trustee Commission. He was elected chairman of the board of trustees for four consecutive one-year terms in 2010 and for a fifth term, as chair, in 2018.

Mr. Howat graduated from Rollins College with a B.A. in political science. He earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

His wife, Catherine, is a kindergarten teacher at Dommerich Elementary. Mr. Howat is also a proud father of two children, Marisa and Mason. Marisa currently serves our country as a U.S. Naval Officer and a nurse. His family attends Summit Church in Orlando.