Gainesville Sun Editorial: Room to Improve

Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

Excerpt: Bernie Machen has had a very good year.

The University of Florida president delayed retirement to take another shot at long-sought goals such as getting pre-eminant status for the university and additional funding to try to reach the top-10 public institutions.

He was victorious on both counts, along with UF getting other funding, including money to create an online undergraduate program that could have easily been contracted to an out-of-state university.

Sure, Gov. Rick Scott has gone from vetoing a measure that would have allowed UF to make unlimited tuition increases to fighting the right of it and other universities to even make increases to keep up with inflation. But by emphasizing UF’s role in economic development, Machen has deftly navigated around a governor who could cause a lot bigger problems.

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