TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) named Al Cardenas, a nationally recognized leader in law, business and politics, as chairman of the institute’s inaugural advisory board.

Cardenas, a senior partner with The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners who served two terms as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was instrumental in establishing the IOP@FSU in 2020.

“It’s an honor to have Al Cardenas serve as chairman of the inaugural advisory board for the IOP@FSU,” said College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Dean Tim Chapin. “Chairman Cardenas was the initial visionary for the institute, and our students benefit from his experience, leadership and commitment to promoting political engagement and civil discourse.”

Cardenas is also an adjunct faculty member at FSU teaching an undergraduate course about government institutions and the importance of civic and political participation for the IOP@FSU’s 2021-2022 cohort of undergraduate fellows.

“I am proud to lead the advisory board for The Institute of Politics at Florida State University,” Cardenas said. “It is important in this current political environment to support a framework from which future leaders may learn to work together for the betterment of their local communities and beyond. The IOP@FSU is uniquely poised to become the premiere institute for civic engagement and public service, not only in the southern region but across the United States.”

Cardenas will lead the institute’s new advisory board to be named in an ongoing series of announcements over the coming weeks.

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About The Institute of Politics at Florida State University
The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) is a world-class, nonpartisan, and nationally-renowned institute that promotes engagement in politics by students and citizens. Housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the IOP@FSU supports applied political research by a cadre of world-class scholars and will mobilize the talents of our alumni, students, faculty and friends while taking advantage of its location in Florida’s Capital City. The IOP@FSU offers wide-ranging opportunities for FSU students to become civically engaged; promotes research in politics, citizen involvement, and public service; and promotes political awareness, civic involvement and public service among the general public. For additional information, visit www.IOPFSU.com.