University of Florida faculty votes ‘no confidence’ in search that led to Sasse
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Despite being the sole finalist for the University of Florida’s presidency, Sen. Ben Sasse has had a contentious path to the position.
The faculty senate at the University of Florida approved a vote of no confidence in the presidential search process on Thursday.
The vote passed 72 to 16.
Faculty questioned the process of selecting Sasse as the sole finalist for the position, ABC affiliate WCJB reports.
The vote will now go to the university’s board of trustees, who will choose whether to approve Sasse at a Nov. 1 meeting, according to WCJB.
Then the University Board of Governors will have a final vote on the matter.
Just weeks prior, Sasse, who was named the sole finalist for the school’s next president on Oct. 6, traveled to the university to speak with faculty and staff.
The trip turned sour as students protested the forums at Emerson Hall.
Weeks later, the University of Florida said it would start enforcing a decades-old prohibition of indoor protests, the Associated Press reported.
Before being elected to the Senate in 2014, Sasse was president of Midland University in Fremont.
The Republican began his political career as a darling of the Tea Party, basing his 2014 campaign on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
He garnered national attention in 2016, when he repeatedly criticized then-candidate Donald Trump.