BOARD OF GOVERNORS: KEY DATES
2001 The Florida Legislature dismantles the Florida Board of Regents, which had been responsible for overseeing and managing the state universities.
2002 Florida voters approve a constitutional amendment to create a new panel, the 17-member Board of Governors.
2007 The Board of Governors joins former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and others in a suit saying the board, not the Legislature, has the power to set tuition. They contend low tuition starves the universities but lawmakers keep it low to curry favor with voters.
2008 The Legislature proposes to reduce the board’s size and role.
2009 Frank Brogan becomes State University System chancellor and begins working on a truce for the board to share tuition-setting powers with the Legislature. Lawmakers approved a plan whereby they would set tuition, but give universities the power to increase it up to 15 percent a year until it hits the national average.
2011 An appellate court panel rules that the Legislature has tuition-setting powers.
2012 The Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear the tuition case, whose outcome, Graham said, could effect the Legislature’s decision to establish Florida Polytechnic University in conflict with a plan already approved by the Board of Governors.