cleve_warren_web.jpgORLANDO — The Board of Governors for Florida’s university system has ratified the appointment of Cleve Warren of Jacksonville to Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees.

Cleve Warren is president of Essential Capital Finance, Inc. in Jacksonville. He has been involved in state and local government as executive director of the Florida Black Business Investment Board under former Gov. Bob Martinez, and in economic development for the City of Jacksonville under former Mayor Ed Austin.

He is serving or has served on the boards of the Jacksonville Chamber, Jacksonville Civic Council, and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Warren also serves on the boards of charitable and civic organizations. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Warren earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida and his master’s in business administration from Jacksonville University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of North Florida.

Warren’s term is through Jan. 6, 2015. It is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Each of the institutions in the state university system has a 13-member board of trustees responsible for cost-effective policy, and for implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the institution's mission. The trustees also develop processes to meet state policy, budgeting and education standards.

Each trustee applicant undergoes a rigorous interview process with at least two

members of the Board of Governors’ Trustee Nominating & Development Committee. Each appointee also completes an intensive orientation with the Board of Governors once appointed.

“The Board of Governors appoints individuals to the university boards of trustees who are interested in taking our universities to a level of excellence that helps the State University System and the goals that we share with our 11 outstanding institutions,” said Morteza Hosseini of Daytona Beach, chair of the Trustee Nominating Committee and vice chair of the Board of Governors.

Board of Governors appointments are separate from those made to university boards of trustees by the governor of Florida. Six members of a university's board of trustees are appointed in staggered terms by the governor, and five are appointed by the Board of Governors.

A university's student body president or designee also serves as a standing member of the boards of trustees, as does a faculty member.

Photo: Cleve Warren