GrayRobinson Attorney Tim Cerio Appointed by Florida Board of Governors to Oversee Civil Discourse and Free Speech Initiative

Tallahassee, Fla. – January 28, 2021 – GrayRobinson Attorney Tim Cerio was recently featured in the Tallahassee Democrat’s “Florida University System to examine cultures of race, equality, inclusion after Capitol riot” article regarding his appointment by Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Chairman Syd Kitson to oversee the board’s Civil Discourse and Free Speech Initiative.

Cerio, who currently serves as the chair of BOG Strategic Planning Committee, said: “Civic discourse, conducted in a civil manner without fear of reprisal, is critical to free speech and ensuring academic and intellectual freedom – not just on our university campuses, but throughout our country.  Robust civic discourse ensures a robust democracy.”

According to the Board of Governors’ Meeting Highlights, “the Committee will provide a series of recommendations and an action plan on how the System can better encourage a diversity of thought and dialogue … This initiative reiterates the commitment made by the State University System of Florida when all 12 state universities adopted the ‘Statement on Free Expression’ in April 2019 to support and encourage a full and open discourse and the robust exchange of ideas and perspectives on university campuses.”

The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member BOG. The System has 12 universities and more than 420,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the System’s coordination and operation.  More information can be found on