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Koch review: FSU hires maintained academic integrity, but future deals should avoid outside influence



Florida State University just released its faculty review of its controversial $1.5 million contract with conservative billionaire Charles G. Koch.

FSU found that the university maintained its integrity in hiring economics faculty funded Koch's donation, but that future donor agreements should not allow external faculty evaluations.

University president Eric Barron wasn't in office when the contract was signed in 2008, but after news reports called the agreement into question he ordered a faculty review of FSU's donor policies.

In a message responding to the faculty review, Barron said the following:

· The university maintained a high level of academic integrity in the 2008 search process for the faculty positions in the Department of Economics.

· Faculty hiring to date associated with the agreement has been appropriately governed and managed by FSU faculty and administration.

Additionally, the report provided recommendations regarding improvements to internal processes for future gift agreements

Simply put, the integrity of the university’s hiring process was maintained. Future donor agreements will continue to support stewardship, but will not include language related to external evaluations as part of the annual review of the faculty.

[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 1:00pm]


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