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'Bad day for the SUS'

Chancellor Mark Rosenberg spoke to Gradebook this afternoon and lamented that yesterday was "a bad day for the state university system."

Why? Because the "brain drain" of talented professors and staff leaving cash-strapped state institutions is happening, at a fast pace. Higher ed officials here blame political and financial uncertainties of public higher education in Florida, where universities' budgets have been cut by tens of millions.

UWF President John Cavanaugh is leaving to be chancellor of state universities in Pennsylvania. Bob Donley, the BOG's chief of staff, is leaving to be Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Regents. Mark Hoyt, UF's chief technology guy, is leaving to be vice chancellor of IT at North Carolina State. Larry Conrad, FSU's chief information officer, is going to UNC.

"Unfortunately the prophecies about the brain drain are coming home to roost," Rosenberg said. "I mean, when you lose your top two chief information officers, that is not inconsequential!"

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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