Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis has appointed Belinda Keiser to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission was created over three decades ago by the Florida Legislature with the mission of raising awareness and celebrating the contributions and successes of women and girls. Belinda Keiser’s appointment is effective immediately and expires March 31, 2026.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I am pleased to appoint Belinda Keiser to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. As the Vice Chancellor to a majority female student body, I am confident that Ms. Keiser’s experience, leadership, and exemplary service to the Florida education system will make her a great advocate for women throughout the state.”

Keiser is the Vice Chancellor of Community Relations and Student Advancement at Keiser University, overseeing Media and Public Relations, Government Relations, and Student & Career Services for more than 30 years as an advocate for social mobility, accessibility to higher education, and talent development. Mrs. Keiser has devoted her career to advancing Florida’s economic and workforce development, global competitiveness, education, and healthcare communities.

Under her leadership, Keiser University has grown into Florida’s largest, not-for-profit university, serving 20,000 students pursuing 100 doctoral through associate degrees in many of Florida’s targeted industries. Approximately 73 percent of Keiser University’s student body is comprised of women and 20 percent are active-duty service members, veterans, or military family members. With 21 Florida campuses and 3,800 team members, KU’s annual economic impact is $3 billion and results in more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs.

In addition to service on numerous boards, Belinda Keiser is a member of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, appointed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in 2020. The vision of the Cabinet, under the leadership of Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, is for all children in Florida to grow up safe, healthy, educated and prepared to meet their full potential. She is also a board member of Enterprise Florida, the State’s primary economic development board, after serving eight years as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Directors for both Enterprise Florida and Space Florida.

Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a  designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked No. 5 in the U.S. in Social Mobility by U.S. News And World Report in 2022.