Thursday, May 16, 2024

State Board of Governors to Investigate FAU Presidential Search

Florida Atlantic University’s attempt to head off an investigation of its presidential search has failed.

In a letter this week to Brad Levine, chairman of the FAU trustees, State University System Chancellor Ray Rodrigues said the system’s Board of Governors (BOG) would investigate the search firm’s use of a questionnaire that asked about sexual orientation. Rodrigues referred to “additional anomalies that remain to be investigated.”

Rodrigues said the investigation, which BOG General Counsel Julie Leftheris will lead, “will be thorough, fair, and a determination will not be reached in haste.” The search thus remains suspended. Rodrigues first raised questions two days after FAU had chosen three finalists. They did not include State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, whom Gov. DeSantis had supported.

I’ll have more next week.

Randy Schultz
Randy Schultz
Randy Schultz, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, has been a South Florida journalist since 1974. He worked for The Miami Herald until 1976 and for The Palm Beach Post from 1976 until 2014, where he served as managing editor and editorial page editor. Since 2014, he has written a politics blog, commentaries and other articles for Boca magazine. His writing has earned first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. Randy has lived in Boca Raton with his wife, Shelley Huff-Schultz, since 1985. His son, daughter-in-law and their three children also live in Boca Raton.

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