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Hollingsworth was more precise about degree in 2012 than in '11



Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, listed on a 2011 application for a high-level Scott appointment that he attended the University of Alabama from 1986 to 1990. He did not obtain his degree there until 2009 and did not note that fact on the application, but two subsequent state applications for employment did note his 2009 graduation.

The first notation apppeared on Hollingsworth's May 27, 2011 bid for an appointment to the board of Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), the state's public-private economic development agency. (See first image in above gallery).

On his Enterprise Florida appointment application, an official state document that was subject to review by the Florida Senate, Hollingsworth wrote: "University of Alabama, 1986-1990, BA, Communications."

The governor's office said Tuesday that Hollingsworth correctly answered the question because it asked for "dates attended" at a university and "degrees received." The questionnaire did not specifically ask for the year of graduation, the governor's office said.

"The EFI application, which Adam completed after 2009 when he had his degree, did not request a graduation date, so one was not provided," said Melissa Sellers, a spokeswoman for Scott. "Reading anything else into that completely ignores the two other state applications, also filled out after 2009, which include information about the 2009 degree."

Hollingsworth was more precise on two subsequent applications to Scott's office when he applied for the position of chief of staff about a year later. On employment application dated May 21, 2012, he fully disclosed that he obtained his degree from Alabama in December of 2009. That was a different form but it asked for "dates of attendance," and Hollingsworth wrote "8/86 to 5/90, 2009." (See second image in above gallery).

Hollingsworth's 2011 paperwork was released Tuesday by the governor's office in response to a public records request filed by Florida news organizations. The Times/Herald reported last week that Hollingsworth twice claimed a degree from Alabama in the 1990s in connection with his work for the CSX Transportation Corp. He acknowledged a "misrepresentation" and "failure in judgment" and issued an apology. Scott on Tuesday said Hollingsworth will "continue to do a great job" as his chief of staff.




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