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Support grows for possible Chancellor King



State Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville, says he's going to stop reading blogs because "the blogs don't love me," but otherwise he's getting a lot of support for his plan to pursue the job of university system chancellor.

He has heard from university presidents (FSU, UF, FIU and North Florida), Senate colleagues and members of the search committee.

"We’ve got quite a few people who say, look, when we start this campaign, and I guess that’s what it’s called, count us in," said King, who's playing phone tag with the search committee head and the Texas search firm.

King said Sen. Ken Pruit, another former Senate president, came to him and said King would be perfect to form a bridge between the Legislature and the Board of Governors because of his 23 years in the Legislature, many on education committees. That's part of King's case, too.

"We need to be in concert with each other, not in contention with each other and that’s what’s happened so far," said King, 69. "Can I do it? I think. Can it be done? I hope. And for the Board of Governors and the state university system, I hope that whoever gets that job is capable of doing that and understands the complexity between trying to have a Legislature that looks at the Board of Governors as something besides the enemy."

Gov. Charlie Crist has also said King would be ideal.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:34pm]


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