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Senate to Lowe: "The great Russian runaround"



The board that oversees FAMU appears headed for new leadership.The state Senate is unlikely to confirm Trustees Chairwoman Challis Lowe for another term on the bitterly divided Board of Trustees, opening the door for a new chair and a swing in the board's balance of power.

State Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville, told the St. Petersburg Times Tuesday his committee will dedicate the entirety of its last meeting next week to issues of campus security - in the wake of shootings at Virginia Tech - and won't have time to deal with executive appointments. Oelrich chairs the higher education committee, one of two committees that must confirm Lowe in order for her to continue serving. Without such approval, Lowe's term on the board will end when the legislative session concludes May 4.

Lowe, who is an executive vice president for Dollar General Corp., was out of the country Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. But the decision by key senators to not schedule her for confirmation hearings all but ensures she will fade from power without a potentially messy fight, or more negative headlines for an already reeling FAMU.

Said one high-ranking Senate staffer: Lowe is getting "the great Russian runaround."

- Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler and Ron Matus

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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