Money dangers for USF Lakeland?
Boy, this isn't what USF officials wanted to hear:
With money so tight, maybe building a new campus for USF in Lakeland isn't so wise, said Board of Governors member John Dasburg.
"I question whether we should move forward with the Lakeland campus," Dasburg said. "I would hope we're facile enough that when times change, we're willing to look at things differently. Maybe this is not the right time to invest this kind of money in another campus while we're in a process...of curtailing the investments in our existing core of universities."
Board members Zach Zachariah and Arlen Chase echoed Dasburg's sentiment.
USF wants $15-million in state construction money to build the Lakeland campus, but the Board has ranked it last among a list of 41 prioritized projects.
USF president Judy Genshaft said the money is crucial because USF is running out of time to finalize the takeover of 537 acres donated for the proposed campus near I-4.