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Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Trustee Edward E. "Ed" Burr was appointed Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Search Committee during the emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees of Florida State University on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Edward Burr's biography

Ed Burr, Member, Board of Trustees, Committee Chair

Burr, who has served on Florida State’s Board of Trustees since 2011, is president and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings LLC, a diversified holding company he founded in 2008. Burr has served on the Board of Trustees of the FSU Foundation, the board of the Seminole Boosters and the Executive Board of the FSU Center for Real Estate Education and Research in the College of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the FSU College of Business.

Renisha Gibbs, Finance and Administration, Committee Vice Chair

Renisha Gibbs serves as Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Finance and Administration Chief of Staff. In these roles, Gibbs is responsible for university-wide planning and administration of the Human Resources function for faculty and staff and provides leadership to the Division of Finance and Administration (F&A) as the Chief of Staff.



Edward A. Morton

Morton, of Naples, has served as a Principal and Managing Director of the investment firm Wasmer & Schroeder & Co. since 2007. He retired in 2006 after 34 years of service, as the CEO of the NCH Healthcare System, a diversified healthcare holding company. He is a Florida native and was raised in Islamorada. He has served and currently sits on the board of a number of civic-minded boards serving the citizens of Southwest Florida.


Kathryn Ballard

Ballard, who has served on Florida State’s Board of Trustees since 2013, has a long history of charitable and community work, including service on the boards of the Florida Special Olympics, the FSU College of Human Sciences and the Maclay School of Tallahassee. She was honored for Outstanding Achievement by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Commission for her efforts to restore Tallahassee’s Lively House. Ballard graduated from Florida State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Sciences.

Allan Bense

Bense, who serves as chair of Florida State’s Board of Trustees, is president and CEO of Bense Enterprises Inc.; the firm is associated with road building, mechanical contracting, insurance and golf courses. He represented Florida's 6th District from 1998 to 2006 in the Florida House of Representatives, where he was speaker from 2004 to 2006. A double alumnus, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.B.A. from Florida State. Bense also serves on the boards of charitable organizations and as chairman of the board of the Bense Family Foundation, which makes contributions each year to various state and local not-for-profit causes.


Todd Adams, Physics

Adams, a professor of physics at Florida State who currently serves on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee, received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 in experimental particle physics. Afterward, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Kansas State University studying neutrino physics. He joined the faculty at FSU in 2001. His research interest is in particle physics, also known as high-energy physics. The goal is to understand the most basic particles and forces in nature.

Cliff Madsen, Music

Madsen, a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music at Florida State, is currently a member of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee and a past president of the Faculty Senate. Within the College of Music, Madsen is coordinator of Music Education/Music Therapy/Contemporary Media and teaches in the areas of music education, music therapy, research and psychology of music. Madsen received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from Florida State. He was appointed to the FSU faculty in 1961.

Jill Quadagno, Social Sciences

Quadagno is the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar in Social Gerontology and professor of sociology at Florida State. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kansas and a master’s in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley. She received the University Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in 2011.

Eric Walker, English

Walker, who served as president of the Faculty Senate and a member of the Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2011, is chair of the English Department and a professor of English. He was the recipient of the university's Distinguished Teacher Award in 1996. Walker specializes in 18th and 19th century British literature. He is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and holds advanced degrees from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland (M.Litt.) and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A. and Ph.D.).


Seve Kim, undergraduate

Kim, a senior at Florida State, is majoring in computer engineering in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Daniel Rosman, undergraduate

Rosman, a senior at Florida State, is majoring in instrumental music education and woodwinds in the College of Music.

Melissa Mears, Graduate

Mears is a third-year law student, and previously earned a Masters in International Affairs from FSU's College of Social Sciences & Public Policy. Mears is a former member of the Congress of Graduate Students, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, and currently serves as a Student Ambassador for the College of Law.


Monk Bonasorte, Athletics

Bonasorte is in his fifth year as senior associate director of Athletics at Florida State and among his responsibilities is oversight of internal operations within the athletic department and oversight of Florida State's football program. A member of the FSU football team from 1977 to 1980, Bonasorte is a member of the FSU Varsity Club Hall of Fame and holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State.

Brandon Bowden, Student Affairs

Brandon Bowden serves as assistant vice president for Student Affairs. In this role, Bowden directly supervises assessment and research, events and programs, information technology and marketing and communications. He serves as a liaison to Academic Affairs and provides leadership for the university’s Black Male Initiative program. Prior to this, Bowden worked 12 years in the Oglesby Student Union. Bowden is a two-time alumnus of Florida State, earning his bachelor’s in exercise science in 2002 and his master’s in higher education administration in 2006. He is currently completing his doctoral studies at FSU and is expected to confirm his doctorate in education in spring 2014. He is a lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association, and is a member of Seminole Boosters, Seminole Torchbearers and the President’s Club.


Marcy Driscoll, Dean, College of Education

Driscoll is dean of Florida State’s College of Education, and the Leslie J. Briggs Professor of Educational Research and a professor in the Instructional Systems and Educational Psychology Programs within the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at the university. Her research centers on learning, instructional theory, and educational semiotics. She received her A.B. magna cum laude from Mt. Holyoke College and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Mike Harrell, Seminole Boosters

Harrell serves as treasurer of the Seminole Boosters.

John McKay, Ringling Center for the Arts

McKay, who served as president of the Florida Senate from 2001 to 2002, serves as a member of the board of the Ringling Center for the Arts in Sarasota, Fla.

DeVoe Moore, Seminole Boosters

Moore, owner of the Tallahassee Automobile Museum and a prominent real estate developer in Tallahassee, serves as a director-at-large of the Seminole Boosters. Last year, Moore was inducted in the Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He holds an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Florida State. In 2005, he and his family — wife, Shirley, and daughters, Katherine and Tiffany — gave $25 million to FSU to benefit the university’s athletic scholarship endowment and the general scholarship fund. It remains the single largest donation ever made to the university. In 1998, he established a $5 million endowment to create the FSU DeVoe Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues in Government.

Bob Sasser, FSU Foundation

Sasser is president and chief executive officer of Dollar Tree Stores, the nation's largest discount variety store chain, which sells most merchandise for $1. Sasser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Florida State. He was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 2009 and returns to FSU when possible to share his experience and ideas with students and faculty. In addition to regular financial support for the College of Business, he and his wife, Pam, established the Bob and Pam Sasser Endowed Scholarship for Marketing Excellence in 2011. The same year, Bob and Pam endowed a position scholarship for football, and in 2012, they were major contributors to the new Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility. Most recently, Bob and Pam made a gift of $1 million to begin the campaign to build new facilities for the College of Business.

Gordon Sprague, Alumni Association

Sprague serves as chair of the National Board of Directors of Florida State’s Alumni Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State.

Brian Swain, Real Estate Foundation

Swain serves as vice chair of Florida State’s Real Estate Foundation. Swain holds a Bachelor of Science in real estate from Florida State. With more than 30 years of experience in the real estate development business, Swain has been involved with all phases of development, from land acquisition to sales. In addition to being the chairman of the Seminole Boosters, Swain is the vice chairman for the Winter Haven Hospital. He is also a trustee for the Polk Museum of Art and Mid Florida Medical Services.

Ash Williams, FSU Foundation

Williams is executive director and chief investment officer of the Florida State Board of Administration in Tallahassee. Williams holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Florida State’s College of Business. He has established the Ashbel Williams Scholarship Funds and has been very supportive of the College of Business. He and his wife, Janet, are recognized in the Robert M. Strozier Society of the FSU Foundation Presidents Club.


Susie Busch-Transou

Busch-Transou, co-owner of Tri-Eagle Sales, is a former member and vice chair of Florida State’s Board of Trustees.

Al Lawson

Lawson is a former member of both the Florida House of Representatives (1982 to 2000) and the Florida Senate (2000 to 2010). He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida State.

Jimmy Patronis

Patronis has served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2006. He represents the 6th District, which includes Panama City and other parts of southern Bay County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State.

Delores Spearman

Spearman, along with her husband, Guy, created the Guy & Delores Spearman Scholarship at Florida State to support exemplary undergraduate and graduate social work students from Brevard County. She was named Florida Today’s 2011 Citizen of the Year.

Drew Weatherford

Weatherford is co-founder and partner at Strategos Public Affairs, a management-consulting firm based in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Weatherford played quarterback at FSU from 2004 to 2008 and holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Florida State — in finance and real estate.