TAMPA, Florida -- State Sen. J.D. Alexander is once again pushing for USF-Polytechnic to break off into its own university, the state's 12th. This time, he's looking to the legislature.
Alexander, who had been virtually driving the independence push himself last fall, helped craft a bill introduced Wednesday that would create the Florida Polytechnic University in statute. The provision, which would create an independent and autonomous school in Lakeland, was tucked inside another bill.
Alexander has been especially critical of USF President Judy Genshaft as he's sought USF-Poly independence.
Previous USF-Poly Coverage:
12/22/11 - Barbs traded over Genshaft's handling of USF-Poly handling
12/20/11 - Genshaft dismisses USF-Poly chancellor
11/10/11 - BOG grants USF-Poly conditional independence
11/7/11 - USF-Poly spends thousands on Star Wars statues
11/3/11 - J.D. Alexander's bully pulpit
10/31/11 - Polk leaders vote for USF-Poly independence
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