Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes up New College of Florida board
Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed six conservatives to the board of trustees of New College of Florida last week, in an effort to transform the liberal arts school into a conservative institution.
- His appointments included Christopher Rufo, an activist who helped turn critical race theory into a conservative rallying cry, and Matthew Spalding, a dean at conservative Hillsdale College in southern Michigan.
Why it matters: New College, which has more than 700 students and 90 full-time faculty, is regarded as the most progressive college in the state.
- It is the Honors College of Florida, known for not giving grades and graduating smart problem solvers and thinkers.
What they're saying: "We must ensure that our institutions of higher learning are focused on academic excellence and the pursuit of truth, not the imposition of trendy ideology," DeSantis said during his inaugural speech last week.
- Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz said he wants New College to be "more along the lines of a Hillsdale of the south," per the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
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