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Ouch! UF Faculty snub Jeb



The faculty Senate at Florida's flagship public university has turned up its nose at former Gov. Jeb Bush, voting 38-28 Thursday against giving him an honorary degree.

Kathleen Price, an associate dean at UF's law school, told the Gainesville Sun she doesn't think Bush deserves the honor because he wasn't a UF supporter. She criticized his support for three new public medical schools, a move she said "diluted" state resources and hurt existing medical programs like the one at UF.

UF's trustees had already voted in support of giving Bush the degree, and the faculty vote was a big surprise.

The faculty Senate's snub creates an awkward situation for UF president Bernie Machen, who is in Tallahassee a lot lately lobbying lawmakers -- Bush-friendly Republicans included -- for support of his proposed $500-a-semester undergraduate fee.

Machen told the Sun the vote was "a horrible mistake."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:39pm]


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