Florida House Votes To Close Presidential Searches

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

News Release: Associated Press News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida universities and colleges could keep secret the names of candidates for president under a bill approved by the Florida House.

Friday's House vote was 104-9. The bill heads next to the Florida Senate which has yet to hear a similar bill during this year's session.

The legislation is being pushed at the same time that Florida State University and the University of Florida are starting to search for a new president.

Under the bill (HB 135), university and college boards could hold a secret meeting to go over candidates and pick finalists. Once finalists are chosen, the schools would have to release the names 10 days before a final vote.

The bill would also allow universities and colleges to keep secret the names of candidates for provost and dean.

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