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March 24, 2007

U of Florida Says "No" to Jeb Bush Honorary Degree

This is interesting:

University of Florida President Bernie Machen says he was "tremendously disappointed" with the school's Faculty Senate vote to deny former Gov. Jeb Bush an honorary degree.

The Senate voted 38-28 Thursday against giving the honorary degree to Bush, who left office in January.

Some say the reason is because Bush was not really a "friend" to the university. His "One Florida" initiative also comes up. "One Florida" would end race-based admissions to Florida state universities.

I think that last bit is key. It would be interesting to see how many U of Florida faculty are Democrats and how many are Republicans, especially when you consider this:

University officials said they could not recall any precedent for the Senate rejecting the nominees put forth by the Faculty Senate's Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials Committee. The committee determines whether nominees deserve consideration according to standards that include "eminent distinction in scholarship or high distinction in public service."

"The committee endorsed him," Machen said. "It is unheard of that a faculty committee would look at candidates, make recommendations and then (those candidates) be overturned by the Senate."

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Posted by Pam Meister at 09:42 AM | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0) | Other
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I hope every Republican alumni of the University of Florida withholds his or her contributions to the university until Jeb Bush receives his honorary degree. Im sure Jeb doesnt care whether or not he receives the honorary degree. Nevertheless, the intolerant moron liberal professors at the U of F need to learn a lesson regarding the consequences of their closed-minded actions. I've taken the position of not contributing to my alma maters for similar reasons (NYU will never see a dime of my money). It sure gets the attention of the university presidents and college deans.

Posted by: Arizona Johnson at March 24, 2007 07:08 PM

I am still donating to my school - Salve Regina - However, I have made it very clear that if they wonder too far from their stated mission, donations are gone. I am starting the college search for my oldest and I'm finding that there are huge differences between some of the "higher learning" institutions!

Posted by: Newtown Mark at March 26, 2007 10:24 AM

I'm a UF alumnus and I usually vote Republican. I'll definitely be making my voice known on this (for whatever good it will do). Thanks for the heads' up!

Posted by: reverse_vampyr at March 27, 2007 12:27 PM

I hold two degrees from the University of Florida and used to be proud of my alma mater.

This is no longer the case, regardless of the number of championship titles in athletics.

I will no longer contricute to that institution in any way until reason returns.

Posted by: 1951 FLORIDA GATOR at April 1, 2007 11:41 AM


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