The Gainesville Sun is reporting that the University of Florida faculty senate has denied a request that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush receive an honorary degree. According to the story, several people who either nominated Bush or fear retribution are steamed. We’ll see if the fears of political retribution are validated.
This also provides an interesting dilemma for new Governor Charlie Crist, who has committed himself to a much more conciliatory style than Bush had but has also said that he opposes any tuition or fee increases (including the Gators administration’s request for $1000/yr extra for the state’s flagship university). Does he intercede to buffer the university from political retribution, or does he look the other way and say that he didn’t intercede because he was opposed to the university administration’s proposal before, and he’s focusing on the issues?