Atwater Not A Finalist For FAU Presidency

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux is one of three finalists vying to become the next president of Florida Atlantic University, but Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater didn't make the cut.

A university search committee on Friday picked the trio from a list of 10 semifinalists, which included Atwater.

Also still in the running are Christopher Earley, the dean of Purdue University's management school, and John Kelly, Clemson University's vice president for economic development.

Atwater, whose children attended FAU, announced this past Saturday that he was jumping into the race for the job. If he had been selected, it would have caused a political scramble, since Atwater was expected to easily win re-election this fall.

University trustees are expected to name a president on Jan. 17.

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