Gov. Ron DeSantis taps Tampa investment firm leader for university oversight board

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week appointed Ken Jones, the head of a Tampa investment firm, to the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system.

a couple of people that are standing in front of a building: Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Jones runs Third Lake Partners and is set to join the Board of Governors upon confirmation from the Florida Senate. He is a former practicing lawyer and served as the CEO of the host committee that brought the 2012 Republican National Convention to Tampa. He was recently named to the executive committee of the 2021 Super Bowl Host Committee.

The Board of Governors directs policy for Florida’s many public universities, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of South Florida. This year, members have

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University of Edinburgh goes big on green investment after HSBC tie-up

The University of Edinburgh has invested some £5 million in green projects after becoming the first institution in the UK to sign up to a new HSBC initiative.

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The banking giant’s Green Deposits programme enables organisations to invest directly in environmentally friendly projects that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The bank uses funds deposited exclusively in green businesses and projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives, sustainable land use, clean transport and biodiversity.

Initially, 100 per cent of the university’s investment will finance renewable energy businesses, but HSBC said it expects this to change as time progresses and a wider range of projects are identified.

Dave Gorman, director for social responsibility and sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Investing in organisations that promote the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable economy is a key way in

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Tomlinson: Investment in workforce, education and transportation sets San Antonio apart

San Antonians may have the lowest per capita incomes among America’s 10 most populous cities, but its citizens have demonstrated they are among the wisest stewards of taxpayer money.

This week, election officials certified the passage of three ballot measures that will help the nation’s seventh largest city provide cutting-edge job training, public transportation to their new jobs and quality pre-kindergarten programs for their kids.

City and Bexar County leaders pitched the bond package as a COVID-19 relief package, but that’s not quite right. The Greater San Antonio area desperately needed these investments in the future long before the coronavirus struck and will benefit long after the disease lives on only in history books.

If only every city in Texas city would make such investments in its people.

TOMLINSON’S TAKE: Attracting business to relocate to your community is not that hard

Mayor Ron Nirenberg campaigned hard for the first bond,

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Law School: The Worst Higher Education ‘Investment’

At Texas Public Policy Foundation, Andrew Gillen has been doing some excellent work analyzing higher education. In a recent study, he used the Obama administration’s “Gainful Employment” methodology to see how law schools would fare if they were put to that test.

What he found was that the great majority of the schools would fail, which is to say that their graduates don’t earn enough to reasonably cover the debts they incur in getting their degrees.

I write about Gillen’s study for the Martin Center today.

Of course, the elite law schools like Harvard pass the test, but many well-regarded schools don’t. The University of North Carolina fails, as do all the other law schools in North Carolina, except for Duke (for which Gillen wasn’t able to get the data).

There is a large need for lawyers in America, but much of the legal work doesn’t pay well enough to

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Melvyn Pun explains why he left a career at Goldman Sachs to head a family-owned investment business in Myanmar

  • Melvyn Pun left a career at Goldman Sachs to head Yoma Strategic Holdings, part of a Myanmar-based business conglomerate founded by his father
  • Yoma Strategic recently took a controlling stake in mobile-based financial services provider Wave Money, now also backed by Ant Financial
  • Pun believes Myanmar offers investors unique opportunities, but regulatory and reputational risk are still a concern
  • Pun predicts Myanmar to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, boosted by a feeling of ‘excitement and euphoria’
  • Because of his work, Business Insider named Pun to our annual list of the 10 leaders transforming investing in Asia.
  • Visit Business Insider’s Transforming Business homepage for more stories.

When Melvyn Pun left Goldman Sachs in 2012 to head the family-owned investment holding company Yoma Strategic Holdings in Myanmar, it was an interesting time to be doing business in the Southeast Asian nation. The previous year had witnessed the

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Why Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) Stock is a Compelling Investment Case

Greenhaven Road Capital recently released its Q3 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. Greenhaven’s estimated returns for the third quarter totaled approximately +50% net of fees and expenses. August was the best month in the partnership history. The net result is that both funds are up around 55% for the year, comparing favorably to the Russell 2000, which ended September down -8.7% year to date. You should check out Greenhaven Road Capital’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of this year.

In the said letter, Greenhaven Road Capital highlighted a few stocks and Barnes & Noble Education Inc. (NYSE:BNED) is one of them. Barnes & Noble Education Inc. (NYSE:BNED) is a bookselling company. Year-to-date, Barnes & Noble Education Inc. (NYSE:BNED) stock lost 45.9% and on November 4th it had a closing price of $2.31. Here

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Cinematic Health Education Receives Investment from Strada Education Network to Boost Nursing Career Tracks

Funding, including for first-of-its-kind longitudinal study on CNA careers, follows early investment in company by Rethink Education

Cinematic Health Education, a national leader in preparing allied health professionals for rewarding healthcare careers, today announced that Strada Education Network has made a strategic minority investment in the company to support its work developing meaningful professional pathways for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and other similar roles.

“Cinematic Health Education’s focus on educating frontline healthcare workers is well-aligned with Strada’s mission of improving pathways between education and employment,” said Jessica Hinkle, Strada’s senior vice president for strategic investments. “CNAs play a key role in the healthcare industry; we look forward to learning how individuals new to the role progress, so that we better understand the purposeful connections needed to build rewarding careers.”

As part of the investment, Cinematic Health Education and Strada will conduct a first-of-its-kind study to track CNAs’ early career progression.

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Top US investment consultant selected Diligend solution to automate and digitize investment managers operational due diligence

NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Diligend, a leading provider of investment management software, has been selected by FEG Investment Advisors (FEG), an independent investment consulting and OCIO firm, to automate and digitize the collection of manager data and documents in its operational due diligence (ODD) of investment managers across public and private markets and hedge funds.


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FEG partnered with Diligend for a robust, flexible, and reliable solution to support their growth and the centralization of their ODD practice in order to provide a more effective and efficient due diligence process.

Diligend specializes in the collection and in-depth analysis of qualitative and quantitative manager data, from initial onboarding to ongoing monitoring for ODD, manager research, ESG and compliance teams. The technology frees up much-needed time by automating and simplifying processes that previously required a heavy manual workload. With Diligend’s technology solution, FEG will be able to

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What Is The Return On Investment From A Liberal Arts Education?

The sticker price for a private liberal arts college degree has never been higher. The average listed cost of attendance for on-campus students at the 190 such institutions we reviewed—including tuition, fees, room and board, and books—hit $58,000 in 2019–20, with some institutions charging as much as $77,000 per year. With scholarships and tuition discounting, the average net cost drops to $26,000 per annum, a still-sizeable commitment for all but the wealthiest families. Can these institutions, a distinctly American invention, prove their worth against demands for more focused preparation for the workforce?

Liberal arts colleges are forced to address overall skepticism of higher education, skepticism not necessarily of their making. A recent study on career readiness shows that only 42% of employers express satisfaction with college graduates’ written and verbal communication, just 33% believe that college graduates are ready for leadership, and a paltry 21% credit college graduates with

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Medicine, Education, and Investment Jobs at High Risk of Losing Talent, According to Workforce Logiq’s New Q3 2020 Labor Market Report

Predictive workforce intelligence shows all but three U.S. states – New Hampshire, New Mexico, and New Jersey – decreased in employee volatility

Workforce Logiq, a global provider of AI-powered workforce intelligence, technology, and services, today released its Q3 2020 Workforce Management Benchmark Report. The market analysis, which offers a predictive quarterly snapshot of U.S. talent volatility for professional and knowledge workers, reveals the total number of these employees categorized as volatile – and more likely to switch jobs – is down 7% over last quarter.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a rollercoaster impact on the labor market. Our benchmarks indicate employment sentiment is stabilizing after a highly volatile second quarter,” said Jim Burke, Workforce Logiq’s CEO. “Given recent corporate downsizing announcements, new COVID-19 spikes, and continued economic difficulty, employee volatility and retention risk may pick back up through end-of-year. Every employer needs to be equipped with data and context

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