USF Poly & its leaders sail off into sunset

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TAMPA, Florida - Thanking him for a "difficult job done well," USF President Judy Genshaft told David Touchton he would no longer be in charge of the university's Polytechnic campus after June 30, when the school becomes "USF Lakeland."

Touchton, who replaced embattled chancellor Marshall Goodman last December, holds the title "Interim Campus Executive Officer."  A prominent Lakeland accountant, Touchton was brought in to restore fiscal accountability to a campus that was criticized by administration for outrageous spending.

The USF Lakeland campus was known as USF Polytechnic before Governor Rick Scott signed legislation to create a separate Florida Polytechnic University.  The new school will officially assume most of Poly's assets on July 1.

Students at USF Lakeland will have the option to remain on-campus until they receive their degrees during a special "teach out," which will be lead regionally by Dr. Jathleen Moore, Associate Vice President for USF System Strategic Initiatives.

Previous Polytechnic Coverage:
6/22/12 Construction continues after problems worked out
6/18/12JD Alexander's employee pulls out of trustee search after investigation
6/11/12
Trustee hopefuls have questionable ties & lies
5/31/12 -
Florida Poly gets booster club; JD Alexander gets gritty
5/23/12Board of Governors, USF negotiate Poly split
4/19/12 - Governor signs SB1994, creates Fla. Poly University
3/5/12 -
USF deal struck, exclusive interview with Genshaft
2/28/12 -
Genshaft told Poly accreditation will take 2-4 years
2/27/12
- Alexander actions have some asking why BOG exists
2/22/12 - JD Alexander: from USF cheerleader to USF critic
2/20/12
- College student warned of Alexander revenge
2/16/12 -
Gov. Scott tells 10 News he's no fan of Poly bill
2/15/12 -
Budget cuts live, but ''divorce settlement'' brokered
2/14/12 -
10 News leading charge to #SaveUSF
2/14/12 - USF fears "devastating" 58% budget cuts
2/8/12 - JD Alexander pushes "backdoor" for Poly independence
12/20/11 - Genshaft dismisses USF-Poly chancellor
11/10/11 - BOG grants USF-Poly eventual independence
11/7/11 -
USF-Poly spends thousands on Star Wars statues
11/3/11 - JD Alexander's bully pulpit

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