Board of Directors

University Academy Board of Directors

Jacob Fish:

Dr. Amir Haghighat:

Jeff Carter:

Ben Blitch:

Dr. Lauren Gibson:

Parent Liaison to the Board, Larissa Jenkins:  Parents who wish to provide feedback or express concerns may contact Mrs. Jenkins at 850-319-9910 or


Policy Manual
Board of Directors Meetings
Board Application
For the Policy Manual, please scroll to the second page. Board Meeting Schedules are also posted on the University Academy Calendar Page. The Minutes of the meetings can be accessed on the Board of Directors Meetings Page and are also available in the front office. Please call (850) 481-4410 to request printed copies.

University Academy is governed by a Board of Directors who set the policies and guidelines for the organization and who delegate to the Principal and the staff any day-to-day responsibilities for operational matters. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the budget, establishing organization wide policies and overseeing the general operation of the organization.

The Board of Directors serves as guardians of the “public trust” in charge of direct and indirect financial assistance from state and federal governments, in a position of governance as a result of state charter school legislation, as well as non-profit corporate law. This structure makes University Academy’s management accountable to the Board of Directors who, due to their voluntary nature, can effectively provide financial oversight since no personal gain is involved.

Election to the Board of Directors carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. The directors are the custodians of the integrity of the organization; they hold in trust the reputation of the school as created by its founders and as developed by those who have shaped the school in the past. Current directors accept the obligation to not only preserve, but also add to this organization. In this way board members help form not only the present, but also the future composition of the organization.

A Parent Liason serves the board as a conduit of feedback, concerns, and suggestions to the board. Parents are encouraged to contact the Liason at any time.