Because Presidential Searches Should Be Even More Secretive

ACADEME BLOG

What follows is from an uncredited story published by the Northwest Florida Daily News:

“In a debate that has repeatedly flared in recent years, a House Republican on Monday proposed Sunshine Law exemptions for information about applicants for top jobs at state universities and colleges.

“The proposal (HB 351), filed by Rep. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, would shield from disclosure information about applicants for president, provost or dean positions at state universities and colleges. The exemptions would apply to records and to meetings held to discuss applicants. Information about finalists for the positions would be made available after lists of candidates are whittled down.

“Open-government advocates have fended off such proposals in the past. But Rommel’s bill said the exemptions are necessary because potential applicants might be worried about jeopardizing current jobs if their interest in other positions is made public.

“’If potential applicants fear the possibility of losing their…

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