Governor Rick Scott appointed Sarasota native John Colon to the State Board of Education today.
Colon is a senior vice president and investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors. He also served as the chairman of the Sarasota Housing Committee for two years and currently serves as the vice chairman.
Colon ran for County Commissioner in 2012.
“It is my vision and the governor’s vision to make sure students get the world class education they deserve and to prepare them for careers,” said Colon.
He said that as chair of the Manatee and Sarasota counties’ UNCF Scholarship organization, which gives financial aid to moderate and low-income minorities, education is near and dear to him.
Colon added that he will bring his business background and community experience to the position.
His appointed term on the State Board of Education began February 7 and continues until December 31, 2014. Colon succeeds Akshay M. Desai.
Scott also appointed Dr. Ada G. Armas of Coral Gables and John Padget of Key West.
The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
The State Board of Education measures the progress of students and aims to increase the proficiency of students to prepare them for entering the workforce.