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FSU faculty committee reviewing Koch agreement

A committee appointed by faculty leaders at Florida State University has begun reviewing the university's unusual contract with a famously conservative donor.

FSU signed a contract in 2008 with the Charles G. Koch Foundation that allows the organization to screen candidates for two positions in FSU's economics department in return for $1.5 million over six years.

The arrangement has been bashed as an attack on academic freedom.

Koch and his brother David are businessmen who have become nationally known for their support of tea party groups and commitment to free market principles.

Susan Fiorito, vice chair of the FSU faculty senate steering committee, told university trustees Thursday a select faculty group will review all aspects of the contract.

The committee includes former FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte.

The examination will include interviews with faculty in the economics department when the agreement was put into place as well as faculty hired after, Fiorito said.

The committee is set to finish its report on the contract in July.

FSU faculty committee reviewing Koch agreement 06/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 5:19pm]
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