Juliet M. Roulhac, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, has become the first African-American woman to serve on the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees.
Roulhac, a senior attorney for Florida Power and Light Company, was appointed in May by Gov. Rick Scott for a term ending January 6, 2015.
“I’m thrilled and honored to serve my alma mater and such a highly regarded university, especially during these challenging economic times when budget cuts are affecting higher education,” Roulhac said.
“It’s a great opportunity to take a look at the system and find ways of making it better and more efficient.”
Roulhac, who resides in Plantation and works at FPL’s General Office in Miami, received both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida.
She previously served on the UF Law Board of Trustees. While at UF Law, she was a leader in the Black Law Students Association, and in 2002, she became the first African American to be president of the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.
“I’m a huge proponent of diversity,” Roulhac said. “In any group setting, a variance of ideas and ideals is critical to the overall analysis of a situation. It lends a different voice and perspective, and that’s good for any institution.”