Former USF Poly chancellor says it's not the right time for a split
Another prominant voice has spoken out against USF Poly's potential split -- the former chancellor of the Lakeland branch campus. Preston Mercer, predecessor to USF Poly chancellor Marshall Goodman, said the decision should be moved "to some distant time."
"Otherwise, the current feeling of chaos held by faculty, students and staff, resulting from a perceived disenfranchisement and feeling of not having opinions valued, will grow, putting the future success of the campus in jeopardy," Mercer wrote in a letter to the governing board of the state university system.
Mercer is not alone. In just a couple weeks, the tone of the debate has shifted from a few dozen Polk County residents who said USF Poly would be better off on its own to a chorus of people who think the split is a bad idea. That includes students, faculty, community members and state leaders.
The Florida Board of Governors will take up the issue at a meeting in Boca Raton on Wednesday.