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Rick Scott meets the press outside the Ponce

Florida Governor Rick Scott meets the press outside Ponce de Leon Hall.

Abare and Rick Scott

Flagler President William T. Abare, Jr., meets with Florida Governor Rick Scott on April 2.

April 2, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott held his monthly cabinet meeting in Flagler College’s Flagler Room on April 2 while visiting St. Augustine to take part in celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon.

The governor, who has been to Flagler twice before, called the college “a beautiful place” and made a resolution honoring the college.

At the meeting, Scott dealt with official state business, as well as recognized the Florida National Guard and state teachers of the year, before heading back to Tallahassee.

“We are pleased and honored that you would hold your cabinet meeting in the Nation’s Oldest City and at Flagler College,” Flagler President William T. Abare Jr. told Scott.

Abare, chairman of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida’s Council of Presidents, with ICUF President Ed Moore, presented Scott and the cabinet with the organization’s C.H.I.E.F. Awards for service to education.

C.H.I.E.F. Awards are given to individuals who help advance the cause of the independent sector of higher education in Florida. Winners include notable public servants such as governors, senators, representatives, commissioners, successful business leaders and even entire families that for generations have supported the cause of independent higher education. 

Other cabinet members in attendance included Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.