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Gov. Rick Scott's involvement in UF president decision under review

The accrediting organization for colleges and universities is looking into Gov. Rick Scott's involvement in the University of Florida's presidential search.

Shortly after the Jan. 8 announcement that Scott had helped persuade UF President Bernie Machen to postpone retirement, a representative from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools told the Times/Herald it saw no cause for concern because UF Board of Trustees ChairmanDavid Brown was involved in the decision.

Since then, Scott's office confirmed that the governor met with a potential candidate before asking Machen to stay. UF faculty have expressed concern that Scott was overstepping his authority and interfering in a decision that should be beyond his control.

SACS now tells the Times/Herald it is looking into the matter.

"We are aware of what's going on and we're reviewing it," spokeswoman Pamela Cravey said.

Read more here.



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I would not believe a thing Sellers tells you. They didn't in LA and you shouldn't here.


This is just another reason all the state universities should be spun off as independent, non-profit entities that are free to charge tuition rates the market will bear and who must attract students in order to get state money the state pays for higher education. End direct funding of taxpayer money for the higher educrocracy, and let the old model of funding higher education from last millennium die like the dinosaurs.

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