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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Koenig joins FKCC board
Gov. also reappoints trustee O'Bannon

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Key West lawyer Tim Koenig to the five-member District Board of Trustees of Florida Keys Community College. At the same time, Scott reappointed Middle Keys radio host Anne O'Bannon.

Both will serve four-year terms after being rubber-stamped by the Florida Senate.

It is the second kick at the can for Koenig, who applied for the post four years ago but lost out to Key West psychologist Antoinette McPherson-Charles. Ironically, Koenig will now replace McPherson-Charles, whose term expired in May.

Key Wester Stephen Hammond also applied for the post.

"Even as the newest member of the board, Tim Koenig is already contributing," FKCC President Jonathan Gueverra said. "In fact, he is making arrangements to travel to Orlando next week to join trustee Bobby Stoky and I at the Florida College System's Trustee Commission Annual Meeting. It will be a great way to introduce him to the role of being a member of a college governing board. We will all be able to bring back the latest news, trends and initiatives occurring in higher education at the state and national levels."

Koenig, a Key West native, is with Koenig, Highsmith Van Loon, P.A. He holds a bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor from Florida State University.

His community involvements include membership in the Rotary Club of Key West, Key West Association of Realtors, and the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.

He has served as district chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, chairman of the Key West Planning Board, attorney for the Key West Bight Board, and as a trustee of the South Florida National Parks Trust.

Koenig also is a past chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, St. Mary's finance committee and serves on the board of directors of Centennial Bank.

O'Bannon represents the Middle Keys, and was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009.

She has served as the trustee liaison to both of the college's direct-support organizations, the FKCC Foundation and the Florida Keys College Campus Foundation.

Originally from Pennsylvania, O'Bannon has lived in Key Colony Beach since 1990. Previously she worked in technical sales support and corporate IT training.

She is the producer and host of "The Morning Mix" radio show on WFFG 1300 AM, interviewing guests on issues affecting the community. O'Bannon has served as a Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce ambassador, a Marathon Yacht Club rear commodore, and as chairwoman of the Monroe County Republican Executive Committee.

She has also served on several boards, including that of the Rotary Club of Marathon and the city of Key Colony Beach Code Enforcement division.

Koenig takes his seat on the board at a time of opportunity and challenge for the college. The institution is gearing up for the opening of its new Marine Technology Building later this semester. However, FKCC must also make some difficult decisions following a financial audit in March that suggested trouble ahead for the college for dipping into Public Education Capital Outlay funds to pay expenses related to its struggling Lagoon Landing dormitory.

In June the college was placed on "warning" status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges for financial issues dating back years.

Other members of the board include Marathon real estate businessman Brian Schmitt, Key West attorney Ed Scales III, and Upper Keys restaurateur Robert Stoky.

The board meets monthly at rotating locations in the Keys.

tschmida@keysnews.com

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