Grad Student Drops From Search Committee

Story by: James Buechele

Tallahassee, Fla.

A grad student has resigned from her position on the presidential search committee. Now some are pushing for more student involvement.

Jennifer Proffitt, president of the FSU chapter of the United Faculty of Florida, says with the resignation of one student there's a bigger need for students to voice concerns on the school's next leader.

"Students are the core of this university and we're the ones who teach them, the faculty," said Proffitt. "We should have a greater say."

Kerr Ballenger, president of Graduate Assistants United says his organization hopes 13 students will replace the one GA to make up a third of the committee.

"With 41,000 students, I can't think of anyone else that would be a better stakeholder than a student voice," said Ballenger.

Allan Bense, chair of the board of trustees released this statement regarding the committee.

"The Board of Trustees is committed to a process where all constituencies are represented and involved. We appreciate the importance of student participation and want their voices to continue to be heard during the search for a new president."

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