TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday named five new members — four businesspeople and a lawyer — to the board that oversees the State University System of Florida.
Scott's appointees to the 17-member Board of Governors include Harry "Wayne" Huizenga Jr., son of the former Miami Dolphins owner, from Delray Beach.
Three others are from Naples, Scott's hometown. They are hospital chain executive Alan Levine, retired IBM executive Ned Lautenbach and finance company partner Edward Morton. The final new member is Palm Beach Gardens lawyer Wendy Link.
Huizenga, 51, is president of Huizenga Holdings Inc. and Rybovich Boat Co.
Levine, 45, was former Gov. Jeb Bush's secretary of health care administration and later was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's secretary of health. He's currently senior vice president and Florida president of Naples-based Hospital Management Services of Florida Inc.
Levine last month appeared on the CBS television program "60 Minutes" to deny allegations from doctors who said they were pressured to admit patients regardless of medical needs to drive up profits.
Scott also once headed a hospital chain that faced allegations of wrongdoing. He was CEO of Columbia/HCA, which paid a record $1.7 billion fine to settle federal charges of Medicaid and Medicare fraud while Scott was in charge, but he said he was unaware of any wrongdoing.
Lautenbach, 68, was a partner with the private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice after spending 30 years with IBM where he was vice president of sales and services. He currently serves as a board member of the Fidelity Investments and Eaton Corp.
Morton, 65, is a partner with Wasmer Schroeder & Co. and previously was CEO of NCH Healthcare System.
Link, 45, also chairs the Florida Healthy Kids Corp., which provides health care insurance for children who cannot qualify for Medicaid, and serves on the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees.
The new board members can begin serving immediately, although their appointments are subject to later confirmation by the Florida Senate. The board meets next week at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Lautenbach's term is for six years, filling a vacant seat. The other new members have seven-year terms. Morton also is filling a vacant seat. The others are replacing Hector Perez, Gus Stavros and John Temple, whose terms expired this month.
Levine and Morton are the only new members who have graduated from one of Florida's 12 public universities. Levine has a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees from the University of Florida. Morton has a master's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University.