Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska is the only finalist to become the next president of the University of Florida, the university announced Thursday in Press Release which included a statement from Sasso. If he accepts, Sasse would likely have to resign his Senate seat before his term ends.
Sasse was re-elected to a second term in 2020, and his term does not expire until 2027. Under state law, his seat would be filled by a gubernatorial appointment, which in this case would be GOP Sen. Pete Ricketts. The University of Florida Board of Trustees has yet to formally consider Sasse before the Florida Board of Governors can make any confirmation.
“The University of Florida is the most exciting university in America right now,” Sasse said in a statement included in a University of Florida news release. “It is the most important institution in the nation’s most economically dynamic state—and its board, faculty, and alumni are uniquely positioned to lead this country through an era of upheaval. The quality of teaching and research at UF is unmistakable, running through the core principles of shared governance and academic freedom. I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside one of the most distinguished faculty in the country.”
The Nebraska Republican was one of seven Republican senators in the Senateon charges of inciting rebellion for his role in at the Capitol.
Sasse graduated from Harvard University and Yale University.
This is a developing story.