He is the former president of AT&T Florida and a longtime education leader in the state. He took office as chancellor in January of 2014, fully dedicating himself to his passion of higher education advocacy. The Board of Governors of the State University System selected him unanimously for the post.
Criser serves on Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council, a role he began as the Florida House Speaker’s appointee as a representative of the business community and continues as chancellor.
He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, where he is a former chair, and a member of the Board for Enterprise Florida, Inc.
His community service also includes terms as vice chair of the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees, chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, chair of Florida TaxWatch and as a past member of the Scripps Institute Board of Trustees in California.
A Florida native, Criser graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and completed an Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in Fountainebleau, France.
He and his wife, Kimberly, have four daughters.