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‘Sunshine’ Exemption Sought For College And University Presidential Searches

Feb 8, 2020

Two proposals moving forward in the Florida Legislature would make the process of selecting presidents at public colleges and universities more secretive.

The House State Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a leadership-backed bill (PCB SAC 20-04) that would create a public-records and public-meetings exemption for information related to presidential searches.

Steven Currall makes a point to the USF Board of Trustees shortly before they voted to name him as USF's next President Mar. 22.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

When Steven Currall takes over for the retiring Judy Genshaft as president of the University of South Florida in July, he’ll be stepping into a school in transition.

In addition to the consolidation and re-accreditation of the three campuses, there are concerns about USF’s preeminent status, state funding and oversight, and the dozens of other issues a university president has to worry about.

Steven Currall speaks in Tampa Friday shortly after being voted the next USF System president.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees have selected Steven Currall as the next System president.