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Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday appointed former University of West Florida President Emeritus Dr. Judy Bense to the Florida Historical Commission.

The commission was established in 2001 to enhance public participation and involvement in the preservation and protection of the state’s historic and archaeological sites and properties. The seven-member commission is responsible for reviewing and ranking Special Category Historic Preservation Grant applications, and five members of the commission also meet as Florida’s National Register Review Board to review and vote on proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Bense, who served as UWF president from 2008 to 2016, will serve a term beginning Monday and ending on December 31, 2019. The founder of UWF’s Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, Bense has been personally involved in several historic discoveries in the Pensacola area and has authored five books and 17 chapters in books and professional journals.

Gov. Scott also appointed University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Dr. Michael Francis to the commission. Francis will serve through December 31, 2018.

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