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DeSantis Ally recommended for Florida system chancellor


A Florida Board of Governors search committee has recommended hiring incumbent Senator Ray Rodrigues, an ally of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, as the next chancellor of Florida’s state university system.

Rodrigues — who has sponsored legislation requiring inquiries into intellectual freedom and diversity of views and reshaping the mandate — announced in June that he would not seek re-election to the Florida State Senate. He applied for the CEO job opening in July, boasting 16 years of experience in higher education, all at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is currently director of interagency partnerships.

Rodrigues, who was one of two finalists interviewed, is recommended to fellow finalist Lori Cromwell, business director of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, to replace outgoing chancellor Marshall Kriser.

“I am delighted that we had two highly qualified candidates to discuss with today. The conversation was vigorous, the candidates well prepared,” Brian Lamb, chairman of the board of governors, said in a news release Friday announcing the recommendation. “I am delighted to bring Mr. Rodrigues to the next phase of this process. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Florida higher education system that I believe will serve our students, faculty, staff, and institutions well.

The full board will consider the recommendation at its next meeting on September 14.