University of Florida Board of Trustees selects Ben Sasse to lead the school

The University of Florida Board of Trustees has voted to elect GOP Sen. Ben Sasse as the next president of the university, the body announced Tuesday afternoon.

Sase, who has already indicated that he will move forward with the role, will have to leave his term four years early if he accepts the job. Nebraska voters elected Sasse to a six-year term in 2020.

According to the University of Florida, the board’s vote was unanimous.

The seat of Sasse is a reserved Republican seat, and by Nebraska law, the governor fills one vacancy in the Senate.

CBS News has contacted Sasse’s office for comment.

“The University of Florida is the most interesting university in America right now,” Sasse said in a statement When the school announced last month that he was the only finalist for the position. “It is the most important institution in the country’s most economically dynamic state – and its board, faculty and graduates are uniquely positioned to lead this country through an era of disintegration. The teaching and research potential at UF is unmatchable. is done through the core principles of shared governance and academic freedom. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with one of the most outstanding faculty in the country.”

This is a developing story.

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