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Governor Appoints Special Advisor on Higher Education

September 18th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

In a push to improve Florida’s institutes of higher learning, Governor Charlie Crist has appointed Dean Colson of Miami as a Special Advisor.

Colson has served in various leadership roles at the University of Miami including chairman of the board of trustees since 2004 and chairman of the university’s capital campaign since 2003.

He also was on the board of directors for many charitable organizations in South Florida and was president of the Orange Bowl Committee in 2003.

In his role as Special Advisor, Colson will advise the Governor on all aspects of higher education and its governance. Colson believes more money is needed for higher education.

“ Higher education funding is an important problem and our schools and universities need greater funding to accomplish their goals. The finite problem of how to divide up a limited budget in the next thirty, sixty, ninety days is something I don’t have an opinion about because I have not been given the opportunity to get into all that and I have to defer to our governor and or Lt. Governor and the legislature on how to solve that problem on an immediate basis but I think everyone knows we need to invest more money in higher education in Florida.” said Colson.

Governor Crist continues to oppose a tuition hike for higher education. The governor has asked Colson to visit colleges and universities in other states to see what they’ve done to improve their collages and universities.

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