Florida's sunshine laws complicate search for higher education leaders
The discussion over how much of the process should take place behind closed doors continues
The impending retirement of Florida State University President John Thrasher has opened up one of the most attractive jobs in higher education in Florida — a nearly $900,000 position leading one of the largest and oldest institutions in the State University System. In the early weeks of the search for Thrasher’s replacement, plenty of prospects were willing to talk about the job, but few were willing to officially throw their hats in the ring. The problem, a headhunter explained to FSU’s search committee, is that once someone expresses interest, Florida’s open records and open meeting laws make their names public, which can put their current jobs in jeopardy.
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