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GEORGIA “JOY” BOWEN” is the new president of the Florida School Boards Association for the 2009-2010 year. She was installed in the post last week at the association's conference in Tampa. Bowen is a Marianna native with her Bachelors and Masters degrees both from Florida A&M University. She spent 33 years at Florida State in administration before retiring in 2006 and then was elected to the Leon County School Board, where she is in her third term and is the chairwoman.

Florida College's new president – its fifth in 63 years – is Dr. H.E “BUDDY” PAYNE. He replaced Dr. C.G. “COLLY” CALDWELL, who retired after having been president at the school for the past 18 years. Payne has a long history with the college. His father was on the faculty in the 1950s and he attended the school as a student in 1963. Payne returned in the early 1970s as a chemistry and math professor and later served as registrar, dean of students, academic dean and vice president.

In more independent college news, Dr. WENDY B. LIBBY takes office on July 1 as Stetson University's ninth president, and the first woman to fill the post. She comes to Stetson from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., the nation’s second oldest college for women, where she served as president for six years. Dr. Libby succeeds H. DOUGLAS LEE, who has retired after serving as president of the independent university in DeLand since 1987

In the regulatory world, STEVEN SZYPULA, the Office of Insurance Regulation's chief analyst of property and casualty oversight attained the Senior Professional in Insurance Regulation designation – the first regulator in the country to achieve the prestigious designation. The designation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Professional Designation Program was announced at the organization's recent summer meeting by Szypula's boss, KEVIN McCARTY.

The Palm Beach Post is losing respected and experienced health care beat reporter PHIL GALEWITZ, who is heading to Washington to join the reporting staff of the new online nonprofit health news service Kaiser Health News. Galewitz will start with KHN June 15. Gallewitz has worked at the Post for 10 of the last 13 years, and has also worked as a national health writer for The Associated Press and also did a stint at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. In addition to being an award-winning journalist, Gallewitz has has a bachelors' degree in health planning and administration and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health policy, both from Pennsylvania State University, the home of the Nittany Lions.

Staying in Washington, GOP operative JASON ROE, a former chief of staff to Congressman Tom Feeney, is a co-founder of Revolvis Consulting in California, a new consulting shop that will focus on helping Republicans use technology better and help them reach out to Hispanic voters. Roe was a former managing partner of Federal Strategy Group.

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