Postponing Retirement, U. of Florida Chief Signals an Alliance With the Governor

Postponing Retirement, U. of Florida Chief Signals an Alliance With the Governor 1

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J. Bernard Machen, who has agreed to stay on as president of the U. of Florida, says Gov. Rick Scott has made a commitment "to use state resources" to help the university meet its goals. Dr. Machen did not respond directly to questions about whether dollar amounts were discussed.

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J. Bernard Machen, who has agreed to stay on as president of the U. of Florida, says Gov. Rick Scott has made a commitment "to use state resources" to help the university meet its goals. Dr. Machen did not respond directly to questions about whether dollar amounts were discussed.

Over the course of his nine-year presidency at the University of Florida, J. Bernard Machen has played the role of Sisyphus.

Time after time, Dr. Machen thought he was moving Florida toward the elusive goal of "top 10" status among public universities. But again and again, his budget was slashed and hope of progress dwindled. In June, Dr. Machen announced plans to retire, effectively leaving his