Thursday, January 18, 2018
Education

More USF Poly resignations, including Goodman's son

TAMPA — Add the son of embattled former chancellor Marshall Goodman to the list of recent resignations from the University of South Florida Polytechnic.

Robert Goodman was paid $50,000 a year as a community liaison for the school's Blue Sky business incubator program. He is one of nine USF Poly employees who have resigned from the school in the past month, according to letters released to the Times on Friday.

Those employees include the communications and development directors, who left Thursday after two other administrators were recommended for dismissal following an investigation that indicated financial mismanagement and a hostile environment at the school.

Also making his departure official is Travis Brown, the younger Goodman's boss at Blue Sky, who said in an investigation interview that he was lured to the job under false pretenses. His last day will be June 29, two days before USF Polytechnic is shut down and the new Florida Polytechnic is born.

Most of the letters are short — with the exception of two. Samantha Lane, who was in charge of media relations for USF Poly, and Maggie Mariucci, who served as director of development and governmental relations, cited hostile working environments as reasons for leaving.

Under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott last week, USF Poly must turn over all of its assets by July 1 to the new Florida Polytechnic. Until that time, USF is required to keep all USF Poly's employees on its payroll — unless they are fired for cause.

Kim Wilmath can be reached at [email protected].

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