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Governor appoints USF Poly CEO to regional planning post

Governor appoints USF Poly CEO to regional planning post

(Lakeland, Fla., April 15, 2009) –  Governor Charlie Crist has appointed Dr. Marshall Goodman, vice president and chief executive officer of the University of South Florida Polytechnic, to the Central Florida Regional Planning Council. His term begins April 13, 2009, and ends Oct. 1, 2010.

The Central Florida Regional Planning Council is a planning and public policy agency that works with public and private leadership in central Florida to achieve a healthy and sustainable future. It serves DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and Polk Counties.

“I’m honored to serve the governor and represent the university and the community,” said Goodman. “The decisions and actions of the council have a significant and positive impact on the future of this region.”

Since joining USF Polytechnic in 2006, Goodman has made regional economic development a priority. In his career he has traveled extensively and has consulted on state politics, government ethics, public administration, and international trade. From 1999-2001 he served Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson as special assistant for globalization. His international focus areas have included India, the Pacific Rim, Central and South America, and the European Union.

Goodman’s civic involvement includes seats on the boards of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeland Economic Development Council, the Central Florida Development Council, the Polk Museum of Art, the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Polk Vision, the United Way of Central Florida, the Bartow Regional Medical Center and others. He is a participant in the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct leadership program and a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Polk and active with the Tampa Bay Partnership and


USF Polytechnic offers Summer Tutoring in Reading and Writing

USF Polytechnic offers summer tutoring in reading and writing for first through eighth graders.

(Lakeland, Fla., April 14, 2009) — The University of South Florida Polytechnic is offering its Summer Tutoring in Reading and Writing (STRW) program for first through eighth grade students who are experiencing reading difficulties. Tutoring is provided by graduate candidates who are completing their master of arts in reading from USFP and who are current elementary and middle school teachers in the community. STRW is supervised by Drs. Sherry Kragler and Ruth Sylvester from the division of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies.

Students who are selected to participate are assessed using multiple informal reading and writing assessments. Based on the results of these assessments, an instruction plan is developed and implemented for each child by their assigned tutor. Instruction may be one-on-one or in small groups.

Tutoring sessions will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Monday and Wednesday on June 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, and 24. The cost for the summer tutoring is $40.00.

Transportation to USF Polytechnic is the responsibility of the child’s parent or guardian. At the end of the project the child’s parent or guardian will receive a progress report.

Parents and guardians can go to and select “Register Online” to register and pay the $40.00 registration fee. Registration deadline is May 8.

For more information contact Tracey Cayson  863.667.7072,