Govt. Ron DeSantis will recommend Sen. Ray Rodrigues to be the new Chancellor of the Florida University System.
At a Thursday meeting of the Board of Governors, the current Chancellor Marshal Criser announced that he would be retiring after eight years on the job. City & State Florida Editor-in-Chief Jim Rosica first reported the news.
The governor held a press conference Thursday in Sanford scheduled for the same day the Board of Governors met in Sanford. But he didn’t officially announce any news on who should succeed Criser.
Rodrigues, a Republican and longtime Estero budget manager for Florida Gulf Coast University, chose not to run for re-election after serving only two years in the Senate. Halfway through the qualifying week, the news has fallen Rodrigues would rather likely hold a position in DeSantis’ administration. Lee County Republican Party Chairman jonathan martin filed at to succeed Rodrigues in the Senate and faces only written opposition.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Rodrigues served eight years in the House and often tackled issues in the area of higher education. He sponsored legislation for years requiring a survey of philosophical diversity for professors at public Florida universities, that DeSantis sign Last year.
Criser took office as chancellor in 2014 under the government. Rick Scott. The former president of AT&T Florida had been unanimously selected by the Board of Governors in 2015. He also serves on the Florida Council of 100, which he previously chaired.
Chairman of the Board of Governors Brian Lamb praised Criser in a statement.
“The impressive accomplishments across the system are a testament in large part to Marshall’s tremendous efforts during his tenure over the past eight years,” he said.
As Criser transitioned from the business world to his job, he’s been successful Frank Broganformer Lieutenant Governor under former Governor. Jeb Bushtherefore, there is a precedent for moving from politics to leadership within the Florida university system.
Although DeSantis does not have the final say on who will be hired by the board of governors, the majority of members have been appointed to their seats by the governor.
As chancellor, Rodrigues would oversee the statewide operation of Florida’s 12 public universities. This includes FGCU, his current employer.