Leadership problems at Florida State College at Jacksonville

Number 25886
Subject FOIA
Source Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
State Fla.
Year 2012
Publication Date 04/28/12-12/31/12
Summary Through public records requests, we forced the release of several documents Florida State College at Jacksonville sought to withhold: the wrongdoing investigation of a top executive who was also a VP at a college in New Jersey, and the five-figure bonuses given annually to most of the college's top brass. We also used Florida's public records laws to get expense reports and emails that showed little oversight on spending and infighting among board members divided over what action to take. Board members for the most part had little public discussion about their votes. Our reporting on the expenses, possible Sunshine violations and problems in the college's awarding of financial aid led to two state investigations into the college's foundation spending and overall finances.
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Keywords foia; perry; causey; florida state college
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