Scott led the way in pleading for UF President Bernie Machen to rescind his resignation. Just four days before it was expected to hire a new leader, the UF Board of Trustees aborted a presidential search that is estimated to cost no less than $41,000. Machen will remain in charge.
Some UF faculty members are worried that Scott might have improperly interfered with the search process. According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Tia Mitchell: “UF faculty members have expressed concern that Scott was overstepping his authority and interfering in a decision that should be beyond his control.”
After Scott’s meeting with Woodson, the governor and UF board chairman released a joint press statement announcing that Machen would stay on as president.
The UF faculty has a long record of demanding that the school uphold the principle of shared governance. Under-the-table presidential choices made by the trustees chairman and governor trample shared governance by locking the faculty out of decision-making process.
Back in December of 2011, SACS scolded Scott for interfering in the FAMU Board of Trustees’ duties by trying to pressure then-President James H. Ammons to resign. SACS told the governor that his actions could jeopardize FAMU’s accreditation.