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Council of Presidents 

The Florida College System Council of Presidents is the collective body on issues and matters of concern to Florida’s public college system and will provide information, as it deems appropriate, to the State and Federal Executive and Legislative branches and to the Chancellor of the Florida College System, the Commissioner of Education, the State Board of Education and other public and private entities and individuals as appropriate.  The purposes of the Council shall be:

  • To develop a strong sense of unity and purpose among Florida’s public system of colleges to promote the value of the colleges to the economic, social and cultural development of the State of Florida.
  • To advise and advocate to the State and Federal Executive and Legislative branches and to the Chancellor of the Florida College System, the Commissioner of Education, the  State Board of Education and other public and private entities and individuals on behalf of Florida’s public colleges.
  • To propose an annual legislative budget request for the Florida College. System. 
  • To develop and advocate, in cooperation with appropriate entities, a legislative agenda for the Florida College System.
  • To develop and advocate policy recommendations regarding statewide public college issues.
  • To direct and coordinate the work of the Councils of Instructional Affairs, Student Affairs, Resource Development and Business Affairs, and other constituent councils or commissions created by the Council.
  • To oversee the coordination of statewide functions, such as risk management and co-curricular and intercollegiate athletics, that benefit the Florida College System.
  • To maintain close working relationships with the state university presidents, the independent college presidents, the school boards, the superintendents of schools and other public and private entities and individuals.
  • To support the professional development of Florida’s College System presidents and trustees.


Responsibilities

The Council of Presidents makes recommendations to public and private entities and individuals including the Chancellor of the Florida College System, the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education regarding necessary statewide coordination in all aspects of  public college operations.  The members of The Council of Presidents also serve as the Board of Directors of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium (participating members only), the Florida College System Activities Association and shall serve as members of the Policy and Advocacy Committee, an official committee of the Association of Florida Colleges.

The Council of Presidents may establish and oversee additional councils and committees as necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities. The Council of Presidents also provides orientation for new presidents.  

The Council of Presidents recognizes the Council for Instructional Affairs, the Council of Business Affairs, the Council of Student Affairs and the Florida Council for Resource Development as continuing subordinate councils and shall direct and monitor their work and the work of their subcommittees in furthering the Council’s purposes.  All recommendations from these councils shall be submitted to The Council of Presidents for consideration, review and approval, or other appropriate action.  Additional committees may be established by The Council of Presidents to report to either The Council of Presidents or to its approved subordinate councils.


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