State Panel Begins Work on New Florida University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Construction of a campus for Florida's 12th university is over budget and few people have shown interest in serving as trustees.
A Board of Governors committee got that update Wednesday as it began expediting the conversion of a University of South Florida branch into Florida Polytechnic University.
The initial phase of the Lakeland campus now is expected to cost up to $14 million more than its $99 million budget.
Meanwhile, only 10 people have applied for 11 seats on its Board of Trustees.
The committee made several recommendations to get the conversion moving, and the full Board of Governors is expected to take them up next week.
The Legislature scrapped the board's plan for a transition that could have taken years and created the new school last month.

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