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.