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AT&T's Criser tapped to become next university system leader


He was the front-runner all along, but now it's official.

A search committee tasked with finding the next head for the state university system has selected AT&T Florida president Marshall Criser III for the job. The full Board of Governors will be asked to approve the decision on Nov. 21.

It's all but a done deal. The search committee selected Criser after interviewing him and three other finalists today. During discussion about the candidates, members said that all of the finalists had good qualities but one stood out from the rest.

Criser has agreed to step down from the University of Florida Board of Trustees if he takes the job. Over the next few days, he will work with Board of Governors staff to come to agreement on his salary and other contract issues. Edit: We've been told those negotiations likely won't start until after the full board votes.

He is expected to attend the Nov. 21 meeting in Miami where the board hopes to introduce him as the next chancellor.

Full report here.

UPDATE: With Criser leaving AT&T Florida, there is now speculation about who might take his place. After all, it is one of the state's largest and most visible employers. The Times/Herald hears that Joe York, currently vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, is in line for the promotion. But nothing is final.