The school's Faculty Senate voted 38-to-28 Thursday against giving the honorary degree to Bush, who left office in January. University of Florida President Bernie Machen says he is ``tremendously disappointed'' with the decision.
Machen says the former governor has been a ``great
friend of the University of Florida'' and that the Senate's action
is ``unheard of.''
Machen says that Bush has worked for U-F's best interest, such
as providing the funding to attract nationally recognized faculty.
Some faculty expressed concern about Bush's record in higher
education. Bush has also been criticized for his ``One Florida''
proposal, an initiative that ended race-based admissions programs
at state universities.