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George LeMieux applies for Fla Atlantic presidency



Associated Press: Another political figure is throwing in his hat to become the next president of Florida Atlantic University.

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux announced Sunday he has submitted an application for the job.

His announcement comes one day after Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said he is applying for the post.

In a statement, Gov. Rick Scott said LeMieux's interest in the FAU presidency was "further proof that Florida's high-caliber universities attract the best and brightest talent in the country."

LeMieux was appointed to the U.S. Senate to complete the term of former Sen. Mel Martinez in 2009. He served 16 months.

LeMieux declined to discuss his application in detail, telling The Palm Beach Post he respected the process and was confident the board would select the best candidate.

One question, though, is whether Gov. Scott would be reluctant to support LeMieux whose public support fonr higher university tuitions directly counters Scott's position.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 5, 2014 5:17pm]


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