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MacNamara says exit from chancellor race 'best thing to do'

FSU Associate Professor Steve MacNamara tells the Times/Herald he withdrew from the pool of chancellor finalists being interviewed today in Tampa because "I thought it was the best thing to do, and I think they have two good people in there."

"At the end of the day, I think Frank Brogan will make a fine chancellor," said MacNamara, former chief of staff to then-House Speaker John Thrasher. "I think a lot of people will be happy to have him back in Tallahassee, and I’ll be one of them."

MacNamara's decision Thursday to bow out came one day after fellow finalist Thomas Snyder of Indiana's Ivy Tech Community Colleges withdrew, saying he wants to stay at Ivy Tech during what he views as a critical time for growth.

That leaves the BOG with just two finalists, FAU's Brogan still the frontrunner, thanks to his career spent in education and politics. Also under consideration is Roderick W. Chu, former longtime chancellor for Ohio's state universities. The BOG will select one of the two by the end of today.