House Speaker Will Weatherford Appoints Carlos Alfonso to State Research University Institute for Online Learning Advisory Board

Well-respected former Chairman of the University of Florida Board of Trustees to help lead first state research university online institute in the nation 

Tallahassee, FL – Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today appointed Carlos Alfonso to the State Research University Institute for Online Learning Advisory Board.  Alfonso’s appointment is effective today.

“As we continue to disrupt the current model of higher education and provide innovative, affordable solutions such as the online institute at the University of Florida, we are looking for creative individuals to lead the program and change the way students can earn a college degree here in Florida.  Carlos has the experience we need to help us fundamentally transform the cost and availability of higher education in Florida,” said Speaker Weatherford.  “I look forward to working with Carlos as the nation’s first state research university online institute continues to take shape and starts providing some of the best college courses Florida has to offer to the world.”

Alfonso is the former Chairman of the University of Florida Board of Trustees and the founder and chief executive officer of Alfonso Architects, an award-winning, Tampa-based architectural design firm. He is also the founder and owner of Alliant Partners, a real estate consulting, management and development firm also based in Tampa.  Alfonso served on the University Board of Trustees since its founding in 2001 through 2012.  Additionally, Alfonso is a member of the Florida Council of 100, the University of Florida Foundation Board, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Florida’s Future and a director of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute.

Alfonso received a bachelor of design and a master of arts in architecture from the University of Florida.  He lives in Tampa with his wife, Dorothy, and their three children, Ariana, Carlos and Isabella.

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