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Public gives feedback to UF presidential search committee

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The Search Committee to find the 12th President of the University of Florida hosted a public forum earlier this afternoon. A group of faculty, students and Gainesville residents attended and offered feedback as to what qualities they would like to see in the University’s next president.   A wide variety of faculty, students and Gainesville residents discussed and presented the qualities they wished to see in the next president of the University of Florida.  Most said they want a president with political savvy to deal with a legislature intent on cutting education budgets.  The discussion became a little tense when members started talking about whether or not the president should be an academic.  Ralf Remshardt, a theatre professor in attendance advocated for an academic president along with many other faculty members.

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Marcus Motes was a business grad student sitting at the same table. He particularly wanted to stress that no person should be ruled out solely for being involved in the private sector.

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All attendees agreed that the president should have some sort of political savvy and graduate-level degree.

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