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Florida Polytechnic asked to explain request for more cash



The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees says it needs an extra $25 million to get its first building off the ground. Earlier this month, trustees indicated they will go directly to legislators to fulfill that request.

Now the state Board of Governors, which oversees all 12 universities, is asking questions, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Florida Poly's board chairman has been asked to appear in person at the Board of Governors' meeting next month to explain the cash grab and face a likely grilling.

From the Ledger article:

The State University System Board of Governors wants a detailed accounting of why Florida Polytechnic University's leaders intend to ask for an additional $25 million to set up the school.

Dean Colson, chair of the Board of Governors, mentioned during a Thursday meeting that he wrote to Florida Polytechnic Chairman Rob Gidel to ask that he attend next month's BOG meeting. The Ledger requested a copy of the missive, which is dated Wednesday.

"We are requesting you attend our next meeting, taking place March 27th and 28th, 2013 at Florida A&M University," Colson said. "Due to the time that has elapsed since the passage of SB 1994 and the subsequent appointment of the Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees, it is important to update the (BOG) on Florida Polytechnic's progress toward the established benchmarks."

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[Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 2:04pm]


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