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Florida Lawmakers Seek Secrecy For College and University Searches and Vetting of Candidates

| January 11, 2015

Neil Combee represents Polk County in the Florida House.

Neil Combee represents Polk County in the Florida House.

Pointing to the possibility of a “chilling effect” if word gets out, a House bill filed Friday would allow information to be kept confidential about people applying to become presidents, provosts or deans of state universities or colleges.

The bill (HB 223, see below) filed by Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, is identical to a measure (SB 182) filed last month by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla. The proposal is part of a long-running debate about whether disclosing information during higher-education searches keeps people from seeking top jobs at Florida universities and colleges.

The proposal would keep confidential any personal identifying information about applicants and would allow closed-door meetings for “vetting” applicants. Information about finalists for the positions would be made public, and meetings would be open when colleges and universities make final selections.

“If potential applicants fear the possibility of losing their current employment as a consequence of attempting to progress along their chosen career path or seeking different and more rewarding employment, failure to have these exemptions in place could have a chilling effect on the number and quality of applicants available to fill the position of president, provost, or dean of a state university or Florida College System institution,” the proposal says.

–News Service of Florida

Florida House Bill 223 Secrecy in University Searches (2015)

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2 Responses for “Florida Lawmakers Seek Secrecy For College and University Searches and Vetting of Candidates”

  1. John Smallberries says:

    or: if people hear we are hiring another thrasher then we might get heat over it, so let’s not let them find out until the last minute so they can’t organize.

  2. Flatsflyer says:

    Simply another Tea Bagger attempt to chip away at Florida Sunshine Laws. Keep the public in the dark and cover with cow shit, typical American Taliban tactic

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