Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Crist blasts state university presidents



In light of the dire assessments of state university presidents on the effects of more budget cuts, The Buzz asked FSU alum Gov. Charlie Crist if he sees himself as presiding over an historic deterioration of Florida's higher education system.

Of course not, he said. Universities should live within their means and be satisfied with his spending proposals, which include more money and no tuition increase. "They have a right to that view," Crist said. "We have great universities and their recognition of that fact is important, and I am very proud of my Florida State roots ... If they're unhappy, maybe they ought to turn the reins over to somebody else."

This means you, T.K. Wetherell, Bernie Machen, Frank Brogan, Judy Genshaft, John Delaney ...

University presidents sat around a conference table with House Speaker Marco Rubio a few days ago and ticked off a litany of horrible trends, including the highest student-to-faculty ratio in the U.S. and record numbers of students being turned away due to a lack of space. FIU President Mitch Maidique spoke of a system facing "the biggest threat in its history" with deeper cuts anticipated. 

Crist doesn't see it. "My point is, things are pretty good in Florida," he said. "We have it pretty darn good here."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:11pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours