Gov. Rick Scott appoints Daytona's Morteza 'Mori' Hosseini to University of Florida Board of Trustees

 
Mori Hosseini appointed to University of Florida Board / Headline SurferMarsha Powers appointed to Univ of Florida / Headline SurferLeonard Johnson appointed to Univ of Florida board / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer® / Mori Hosseini, who immediately begins his five-year term on the University of Florida Board of Trustees following his March 30 appointment by Gov. Rick Scott, is shown in front of his ICI Homes, 2379 Beville Road, Daytona Beach, Florida. Hosseini and his wife, Forough Hosseini, are wedded to higher education. He is chairman of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees and she is chairwoman of the Daytona State College Board of Trustees. Also appointed to the UF Board by the governor were Marsha Powers, CEO for Tenet Healthcare's Florida Region; and Leonard Johnson, a UF alumnus and Tampa Bay-area attorney, all shown here. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment Wednesday of Morteza “Mori” Hosseini to the University of Florida Board of Trustees.

Hosseini, 60, succeeds Christopher Corr on the University of Florida Board for a term that ends Jan. 6, 2021. The Ormond Beach resident is the chairman and chief executive officer of ICI Homes and is the immediate past chair of the Board of Governors of the State University System. 

Hosseini joins Marsha Powers, chief executive officer for Tenet Healthcare’s Florida Region, and Leonard Johnson, a UF alumnus and Tampa Bay-area attorney, as the newest board members. Powers and Johnson were recently appointed to the UF board by the Florida Board of Governors.

“Skilled practitioners in their fields, these individuals bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board,” University of Florida President Kent Fuchs said of Mori Hosseini, Marsha Powers and Leonard Johnson. “All three are dedicated to helping guide the university in its quest to be recognized as one of the very best in the nation. We are pleased to welcome them.”

Univ of Floria President Kent Fuchs / Headline Surfer“Skilled practitioners in their fields, these individuals bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board,” Uuniversity of Florida President Kent Fuchs said of Mori Hosseini, Marsha Powers and Leonard Johnson. “All three are dedicated to helping guide the university in its quest to be recognized as one of the very best in the nation. We are pleased to welcome them.”

Born in Iran and educated in London, Mori Hosseini received a degree in aeronautical engineering from London's Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering. He then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, where he received a bachelor's in science in aeronautical studies and a master's of business administration.

Hosseini founded ICI Homes, one of Florida's largest residential homebuilder/developers, in 1980. Consistently ranked by Builder Magazine among the nation's Top 100 homebuilders, ICI Homes has built thousands of homes in most major Florida markets including the counties of Volusia (corporate office headquarters), Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Brevard. 

In addition to land development and homebuilding operations, Hosseini is involved in many other enterprises throughout Florida including a lumber company and a title insurance company.

At the center od it all locally when it comes to business, politics and higher education, Hosseini currently serves as chairman of Embry-Riddle's board of trustees. Hosseini also serves on the board of International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks sanctioned by NASCAR. His wife, Forough Hosseini, is vice president of ICI Homes and chairwoman of the Daytona State College Board of Trustees.

Hosseini succeeds Christopher Corr of Jacksonville, who has served since 2012.  Corr is senior vice president of real estate for Rayonier, a public company, and president of TerraPointe, its real estate subsidiary.

Powers, a veteran health care executive, has more than three decades of experience, including operational responsibility for large and diverse hospital networks. At Tenet Healthcare, Powers is responsible for directing the strategy and operations for 10 acute-care hospitals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Tenet's Florida hospitals have 3,483 beds, almost 10,000 employees, an annual payroll in the state of more than $670 million and revenues exceeding $1 billion.

Prior to joining Tenet, Powers served as a division president of Triad Hospitals and as president of Quorum Health Service's Southeast Region. Powers holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and a master's degree in business administration, specializing in health and hospital administration, from the University of Florida. Powers succeeds Charles Edwards, an attorney from Fort Myers. Edwards has served on the Florida Board of Regents and Board of Governors, as well as serving on the university’s Board of Trustees for the past five years.

Leonard Johnson practices law in the Tampa Bay area with a focus on real estate law, business law, banking law, construction law and land use and development law. He has represented banks and other businesses, as well as individual clients with complex issues related to buying and selling real estate and businesses, finance transactions, construction matters, and land use and development issues. Johnson is as a member of the Gator Boosters Board of Directors and is its president-elect. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree from the University of Florida. Johnson succeeds Susan Cameron, an alumnus who is president of the public company Reynolds American, Inc. Cameron has served as a trustee for the past five years.

FAST FACTS:

• The University of Florida's 13-member board consists of six members appointed by the governor and five members appointed by the Board of Governors. The chair of the Faculty Senate and the president of the student body also serve as voting members on the board. Board members serve staggered, five-year terms.

• The University of Florida is one of the nation’s largest public universities. A member of the Association of American Universities, UF posted research expenditures totaling $707 million in FY 2015. Through its research and other activities, UF contributes more than $8.76 billion a year to Florida’s economy and has a total employment impact of more than 100,000 jobs statewide.
 
Did You Know?
Mori Hosseini was named one of the 100 most influential Floridians by INFLUENCE Magazine.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.