History of Florida Polytechnic

Gov. Rick Scott signed SB1944 into law in April 2012, creating Florida Polytechnic University. But the school's history actually dates back more than six months before that.

Board of Governors names Poly trustee finalists

Florida's Board of Governors announces its 10 finalists for the first Board of Trustees at Florida Polytechnic. None of the candidates with potential conflicts, identified by 10 News, makes the cut.

Board of Governors appoints four trustees

The Board of Governors appoints the first four members to Florida Poly's Board of Trustees.

Business leaders vote to support Poly split

With State Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, looking on, business leaders - many with ties to USF Poly - vote to support Poly independence.

10 News airs Investigation of JD Alexander

10 News airs its three-month-long investigation into JD Alexander's tactics, motivations, and connections to USF Polytechnic.

Barbs traded over Genshaft's Poly dealings

USF President Judy Genshaft is criticized by several members of Florida's Board of Governors for her handling of USF Polytechnic.

$10,000 for Star Wars Statues

10 News details extravagant spending by USF Poly Chancellor Marshall Goodman, including $10,000 statues of Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper.

Poly gets permission for eventual independence

The Board of Governors approves a compromise plan to allow USF-Polytechnic to split into an independent university in the next 3-10 years.

Genshaft dismisses Goodman

USF President Judy Genshaft replaces embattled Poly Chancellor Marshall Goodman with Lakeland CPA David Touchton.

Alexander Asks for immediate Poly separation Again

State Sen. JD Alexander crafts a bill to do what the Board of Governors would not: separate Polytechnic from USF immediately.

Senate Threatens USF with 58% budget cut

Senate Budget Chair JD Alexander helps author a proposed budget that cuts USF's state revenue by 58% after several tumultuous months dealing with the USF Polytechnic issue.

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