St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Mailing touts Bush to Jewish voters
  • Haitians dash for freedom
  • The Firm: Do the ties bind McBride?
  • McCain lauds 1 Bush, raps other
  • Man on a mission, but going it alone
  • Nursing homes get official visit
  • GOP friend endorses Butterworth
  • Gun owner testifies at civil trial
  • University chiefs pan governing measure
  • Rulings undermine case against ex-tech chief
  • Bronson supported by party of his rival
  • Crist attack ad draws an angry reply from Dyer
  • Panel says pig proposal backers broke election law

  • Howard Troxler
  • As you vote, remember Legislature's greatest hits

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story
  • tampabay.com

    printer version

    University chiefs pan governing measure

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published October 30, 2002

    ORLANDO -- The presidents of the state's public universities dread next week's election, and say a proposal to revamp higher education in Florida leaves many of their goals uncertain.

    The presidents contemplated what impact a proposed constitutional amendment would have on virtually all of their agenda items at their meeting Tuesday in Orlando, even suggesting that they postpone some until after Election Day.

    "I don't know how to proceed in the wake of the election," said John Hitt, president of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. "No one can perceive what life would be like under the other organizational structure."

    Amendment 11 would create a two-tier system to oversee the state's 11 public universities, modeled after North Carolina's. A statewide board of governors would spend money and establish policy, and retain boards of trustees at individual universities.

    The amendment, initiated by Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Graham , calls for an overhaul of the education system Republican Gov. Jeb Bush implemented. It would take power away from the Board of Education that oversees all state education.

    Education board chairman Phil Handy attended the meeting Tuesday, encouraging presidents to show their opposition by writing letters to editors, debating amendment supporters and getting the word out in the next six days.

    "It's frankly frightening to me what will happen if Amendment 11 passes," Handy said. "I think the best decisions are the decisions made closest to the students."

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
     
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan


    From the Times state desk