The University of Florida celebrated its 161st birthday on Jan. 6. In January, UF increased its push toward becoming a Top 10 national university by hiring new faculty and unveiled the first fully online, four-year degree program.
Elaine Turner has been appointed the interim dean of the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Turner has been recognized previously as Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, Undergraduate Advisor of the Year and one of two UF honors professors of the year in 2003.
Carolyne Salt has joined the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce as a membership account executive. Salt was previously the vice president of Results Management & Marketing, Inc., and an account executive for the Business Report and InSite Magazine.
Sharyn McPhail has joined the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce as a membership account executive. McPhail recently moved to Gainesville and previously worked as a sales consultant in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area.
Rick Chin has been named the first chief information officer of Bosshardt Realty Services as the firm prepares to go paperless. Chin previously worked as an IT consultant for Bosshardt and has spent more than 25 years in marketing, accounting and information technology.
Avera & Smith has been recognized as one of “U.S. News” and “Best Lawyers’” Best Law Firms of 2014. The firm won the award based on their merits of civility, understanding of business practices and positive references. The firm was also recognized for integrity, work product and ranking among the competition.