House Votes To Close College Presidential Searches

Apr 27, 2017

Florida public universities and colleges may be able to hold secret searches for new leaders.

The Florida House on Wednesday voted 103-11 for a bill that would keep confidential the name of anyone applying to become head of a college or university.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Rommel, a Naples Republican, would also keep confidential the names of people applying for other top positions such as dean or provost.

The legislation heads to the Florida Senate where a similar bill has not moved this session.

If the measure becomes law, the names of finalists for top jobs would be made public 21 days before there is a final vote to hire someone.

Rommel and others contend the change is needed because Florida isn't attracting quality candidates for university jobs.