New College in Florida Elects Conservative as Interim President
“Corcoran, a Republican, is a former state House speaker and education commissioner who also served on the state Board of Governors that oversees Florida’s university system”
This is the school at which Ron DeSantis recently appointed some conservatives to the board. Exciting news.
Campus Reform reports:
New College elects conservative as interim president
The New College of Florida recently voted to elect conservative Richard Corcoran as interim president.
“Corcoran, a Republican, is a former state House speaker and education commissioner who also served on the state Board of Governors that oversees Florida’s university system,” SFGate reported.
The move comes in the wake of multiple efforts by Governor Ron DeSantis to restrict or balance the influence of leftist ideology in Florida higher education.
DeSantis appointed six new trustees to New College’s board in January, Campus Reform reported, a number of which come from an ideologically conservative background. And just this month, a DeSantis-led effort to audit Florida public colleges and universities revealed that millions of dollars were being spent on critical race theory and DEI-related programming.
The DeSantis administration is pushing to “further elevate civil discourse and intellectual freedom” in the Florida University system, according to a statement earlier this year. The overhaul includes “pushing back against the tactics of liberal elites who suppress free thought in the name of identity politics and indoctrination.”
“In Florida, we will build off of our higher education reforms by aligning core curriculum to the values of liberty and the Western tradition, eliminating politicized bureaucracies like DEI,” representatives of DeSantis said.
Corcoran’s appointment, however, has been subject to pushback from some of New College’s students.
“The students don’t want this. But I know we’re not the people you intend to please. You want to pull our school out by its roots. I don’t want to be part of a grand experiment,” student Cooper Wright said to the board, the Associated Press reports.
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Higher Ed — and institution that so represents it’s surrounding 50/50 culture, that it’s headline news when a “conservative” gets made an officer somewhere. Even “interim.”
I think New College is the one without grades. It’s wonky but I’m glad someone is in charge that can possibly keep the potential for abuse with that in check.
“I don’t want to be part of a grand experiment,” student Cooper Wright said to the board,”
“We’ve called you an Uber,” the board replied.