“Outside the meeting, there was a vocal protest.”
Student activists are very upset about this news. Oh well.
News 4 JAX reports:
UF Board of Trustees votes unanimously to select Sen. Ben Sasse as school’s president
The University of Florida Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to select U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the school’s 13th president.
His selection still needs approval from the state university system’s Board of Governors on Nov. 9.
The UF Board of Trustees met Tuesday to conduct an interview with Sasse. The meeting took place after UF’s Faculty Senate on Thursday passed a resolution saying members have no confidence in a presidential search process that led to Sasse being the sole finalist to lead the university.
A search committee on Oct. 6 named Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, as the only finalist to replace outgoing President Kent Fuchs.
Outside the meeting, there was a vocal protest.
“I think his values are antithetical to the values of the university and its core mission,” said UF student Aron Ali-McClory.
UF student Ava Kaplan said, “I think the process that got Ben Sasse to this point is a sham. It doesn’t include the voices of the community that he’s supposed to serve.”
Those concerns were some of the central lines of questioning for Sasse — from LGBTQ issues to his views on China and whether that should be of concern to Chinese students.
Sasse said that he will honor the previous president’s policies on LGBTQ issues and that his criticisms of China are over the political leadership and human rights abuses — not the country or its people.
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