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Next to be interviewed for FAU presidency: former U.S. Sen. LeMieux

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux took his turn in the hot seat Friday, as the Florida Atlantic University presidental selection committee continued its first round of candidate interviews.

LeMieux is among nine candidates being considered for the university's top job. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater had his interview Friday morning.

LeMieux spoke about the need to increase the graduation rate. Making better use of education technology, he said, would help.

"With all due respect, you have a graduation problem," he said. "Your four-year graduation rate is 15 percent. Your six-year graduation rate is 41 percent."

LeMieux also stressed the importance of growing the medical school. He proposed building a research park In Jupiter and hospitals on the campuses in Jupiter and Boca Raton.

"I want your medical school to be in the top 50 in the country," he said.

LeMieux had other suggestions for increasing funding while keeping tuition affordable. 

"Take a page from what University of Miami is doing an attract international students," he said, noting that international students pay higher tuition rates.

The selection committee is expected to name its three finalists on Friday evening.