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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Ben Sasse

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, returned to UF campus Tuesday to be interviewed by the Board of Trustees. If selected, Sasse will succeed President Kent Fuchs as UF’s 13th president. 

A look ahead at Ben Sasse’s presidential ascension

In the coming months, Sasse is expected to be confirmed by the Florida Board of Governors, resign from his seat in the Senate and become officially installed as UF’s 13th president. Sasse was unanimously confirmed by the Board of Trustees Nov. 1, including a controversial vote by Student Body President Lauren Lemasters that has led to an impeachment resolution filed against her in the Student Senate. 

Students worry that Ben Sasse, a finalist for UF’s presidential spot, could bring controversial opinions about the LGBT community.

Fuchs has full confidence in Sasse

Ideally, Fuchs said the search process should be completely confidential: The president would be selected behind the scenes and announced to the public without their input, mimicking the selection process at top-ranked public and private universities.

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