News Release: Governor's Press Office
December 18, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Matthew Carter, 63, of Tallahassee, is an attorney and professional business consultant on energy, economic development, and education with the Ramos and Sparks Group. He was previously the senior staff director with the Florida Senate for both the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee and the Committee on Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security. Carter had served on the Board of Governors of the State University System since 2012. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University, a masters in theological seminary from Smith Chapel Bible University, and his doctorate of philosophy from Gulf Coast College and Seminary. He is appointed to a vacant seat for a term beginning December 18, 2015.
David Lawrence Jr., 73, of Coral Gables, is the chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida. He has previously worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher at seven newspapers and retired as the publisher of The Miami Herald in 1999 to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness as the founding board chair of the Children’s Trust. During Lawrence’s 10 years at the Miami Herald, the paper was awarded five Pulitzer Prizes. Lawrence has received several national honors, including the Ida B. Wells Award for exemplary leadership in providing employment opportunities for minorities, the National Association of Minority Media Executives award for lifetime achievement in diversity, and is a Life Member of the NAACP. In 2010, Lawrence was inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. Additionally, Lawrence has received 13 honorary doctorates. He is appointed to a vacant seat for a term beginning December 18, 2015.
Major General Gary McCoy (Ret.), 64, of Destin, is the former commander of the Air Force Global Logistics Support Center at Scott Air Force Base. He served as a member of the United States Air Force from 1969 to 2011 where he received Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and several other awards and decorations. McCoy received his bachelor’s degree from Culver Stockton College, masters from the University of Redlands, and completed executive programs at both the University of North Carolina and Harvard University. He succeeds Torey Alston for a term beginning December 18, 2015.
The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.