Florida Picks New Leader For State Universities

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Associated Press News Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Florida is expected to pick prominent business leader Marshall Criser III as the next chancellor of the state university system.

The Board of Governors meets Wednesday on the campus of Florida International University. The panel is scheduled to take a formal vote on whether to hire Criser.

A search committee earlier this month recommended Criser as the lone finalist. Criser has been president of AT&T Florida since 2005 and is the son of a former University of Florida president.

Criser is also a major campaign donor and has deep ties to other well-known business organizations.

The chancellor of the state university system is responsible for running the Board of Governors day-to-day operations. Criser is replacing Frank Brogan, who left in September to take a similar job in Pennsylvania.

Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A search committee is close to recommending a new chancellor for Florida's university system.

The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Orlando, where members will interview four finalists for the job. The panel is made up of seven members of the Florida Board of Governors.

University system officials are looking for a permanent replacement for Frank Brogan. Brogan, who was once Florida's lieutenant governor, left the job at the end of September to take a similar job in Pennsylvania.

The four finalists for the post are: Marshall Criser III, president of AT&T Florida and son of a former University of Florida president; Mark Drummond, former chancellor of the California community college system; Jim Purcell, commissioner of the Louisiana Board of Regents; and Bruce Rafert, provost at North Dakota State University.

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