Sasse is top candidate as President of Florida University

Sasse is top candidate as President of Florida University
October 6th, 2022 | KRVN News

     U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska is a finalist for the post as President of the University of Florida.   The 50-year-old Sasse is into his second term in the Senate.  Tampa Bay Times reports that Sasse is scheduled to visit the Gainesville campus on Monday to meet with students, faculty and community members, who are invited to submit questions in advance and feedback afterwards. He will return Nov. 1 to be interviewed by the university’s board of trustees.

If approved by the trustees, he would become UF’s 13th president, replacing Kent Fuchs, who announced in January he will step down to take a faculty position after a successor is chosen.

Late Thursday afternoon, Secretary of State Bob Evnen issued a statement after receiving many questions about how the U.S. Senate seat held by Senator Ben Sasse would be filled if he resigns from the Senate.

He refers his answer to Section 32-565(3) of the Nebraska Revised Statutes that would apply to the filling of the vacancy.

“Within 45 days of a vacancy arising, the Governor would appoint a qualified Nebraskan to fill the vacancy. That person would serve until January 2025. An election would be held in 2024 to fill the seat for the remaining two years of the term. The person appointed by the Governor to fill the seat would be eligible to run at that time.

“An election for the regular six-year term of the seat would be held in 2026.”

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