Equity Partners

Equity Partners are accredited investors and owners of FLR, LLC. Equity Partners are 501(c) (3) tax-exempt entities or public corporations that are either private, non-profit educational institutions or Florida public universities with an interest in collaborating and participating in FLR and Internet2. FLR has 12 Equity Partners (9 public universities and 3 private universities):

Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University
Florida State University Nova Southeastern University
University of Central Florida University of Florida
University of Miami University of North Florida
University of South Florida University of West Florida



Governance of FLR is performed by The Board of Directors which provides strategic direction, leadership and oversight and consists of members appointed by each Equity Partner Institution.

Board of Directors

Mr. Robert Grillo, Chair
Vice President and CIO • Florida International University

Mr. Jason Ball, Vice Chair
Associate VP and CIO • Florida Atlantic University

Ms. Mary Banks, Treasurer
Associate VP and CIO • Florida Gulf Coast University

Dr. Michael Grieves, Secretary
Vice President and CIO • Florida Institute of Technology

Mr. Scott Bennett
Interim VP for Administration & Finance • University of North Florida

Mr. Elias G. Eldayrie
Vice President and CIO • University of Florida

Mr. Ernie Fernandez/Stewart Seruya
Vice President, IT Infrastructure • University of Miami

Mr. Sidney Fernandes
System Vice President/CIO, USF Health IS • University of South Florida

Ms. Jane Livingston
Associate VP, CIO • Florida State University

Mr. Michael Sink
Interim VP, CIO • University of Central Florida

Mrs. Sandra Thompson
Director of Networking and Telecommunications • University of West Florida

Mr. Tom West
Vice President and CIO • Nova Southeastern University

Mr. Joseph Lazor, (ex officio, non-voting)
Chief Executive Officer • Florida LambdaRail

Mr. Eugene Kovacs, (at large, non-voting)
CIO • State University System of Florida Board of Governors

Mr. Dayaghan T. Pendharkar, (at large, non-voting)
Vice President, Office of Information Technology • Hillsborough Community College