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FAU Student Appointed as Gubernatorial Fellow for State of Florida

Marks first appointment of an FAU student to this position

BOCA RATON, FL (June 2, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University student Jeffrey Joyner,  the chief justice of the student court for FAU’s student government, has been appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as a Gubernatorial Fellow.  This is the first appointment of an FAU student to this position.

Joyner, 22, of West Palm Beach, is a senior who is majoring in political science in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s Jupiter campus.   Joyner, along with 11 other outstanding Florida graduate and undergraduate students interested in public service, will participate in the Gubernatorial Fellows Program through December 12.  Joyner will work with the governor’s administration in Tallahassee, and participate in weekly lecture series, government activities, press conferences, budget briefings, policy briefings and a weekly class.

“I view my selection as both the culmination of my Honors College education and the commencement of my lifetime ambition to serve the people of Florida,” said Joyner.   “Over the past four years, I gained invaluable experience within student government, and I have acquired the academic preparation necessary for my chosen career.”

To be considered for the Gubernatorial Fellows Program, candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, including strong written and oral communication skills, leadership skills, working knowledge of government, and university and community activism.

The Gubernatorial Fellows Program, a yearly program created in 2004 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, will immerse students in key areas of government, including the Executive Office of the Governor and the governor's agencies. This will give the students first-hand, high-level on the job training, as well as valuable experience and insight on government and how it works. Fellows are matched with projects, based on their expertise and interest. They are treated as high-level staff and are expected to participate, perform and contribute at that level.

For more information on the Gubernatorial Fellows Program, visit


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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