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New Trustees, Leadership for Florida Tech Board

Florida Tech has named four new members to its Board of Trustees. They and the other board members will be guided by a new leader, as the board chairmanship has transferred from Phillip Farmer to Rob Phebus.

Farmer, the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corp., served as chairman of the board From January 2007 to April 2009 and January 2012 to January 2017. Phebus, who earned his bachelor’s degree in management science from Florida Tech in 1974, was later awarded the university’s highest honor, the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award. He retired in 2008 as CFO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

The new members are Michael Bisk, Brian Crane, Svafa Gronfeldt and James Sing Wai Wong Jr.

“With their range of experience and expertise, our new trustees will enhance the board’s ability to elevate Florida Tech to even greater success in the years to come,” said Florida Tech President T. Dwayne McCay. “We thank them for their commitment to ensuring our university continues to produce global citizens who will make their mark on their communities and the world.”

McCay thanked Farmer, who across two separate terms served as chairman for more than 7 years. “Mr. Farmer helped lead Florida Tech to successes in capital campaigns, educational and athletic achievements and critical infrastructure growth,” McCay said, “and his impact continues to resonate today.”

He continued, “It is a testament to the caliber of our trustees that we are able to transition from one visionary leader to another. With Mr. Phebus at the helm of our board, and knowing how much Florida Tech and its ongoing excellence mean to him, his guidance and leadership will propel us to even greater heights.”

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