The next chancellor of the State University System of Florida will need some political savvy to manage many bosses. The big question is how to balance decision making between the universities and leaders in Tallahassee.
Who fills his shoes could help cement the job as an important cog in the management of Florida’s higher education system, or continue a power shift from Tallahassee toward individual universities.
“It’s not like it used to be because the board delegated most of the power, almost all of the power, to the individual campuses,” said Charles Reed, who served as chancellor from 1985 to 1998 when the state had a more powerful Board of Regents. “And there needs to be some compromise, some happy medium, between giving away all of the authority and having it all centralized.”
Reed says now more than ever the chancellor must keep the state’s interests in mind.