He won’t go in to too many details yet on what he hopes to come out of a formal investigation in to Florida State College at Jacksonville, but Florida Governor Rick Scott is not hiding how he feels about the College President’s retirement plan approved this week.
“$1.2 million for a golden parachute is excessive,” he says.
During an appearance in Ponte Vedra today, Scott knew FSCJ would be a topic of concern, and he approached the subject with reporters before he was even asked.A few weeks ago Scott called for a “top-down” review of the college, and he is now taking it one step further by involving the Inspector General.
Scott says the deal struck between the FSCJ Board of Trustees and College President Steven Wallace is unacceptable.
“I was shocked.I couldn’t imagine that they would give a $1.2 million severance package to somebody that had issues while they were the President of the state college,” he says.
And that concerned him so much he felt it was important to look not just in to FSCJ, but in to the contracts and severance clauses across the state.
“I want to make sure we’re not making other mistakes at other state colleges,” Scott says.
He says it’s important to take a look at the entire system because hard-earned tax dollars need to be used for educating students, not paying these deals.He wants to make sure the money Tallahassee sends to colleges meets that goal.
Scott says the investigation is the right move at this time, and depending on what comes from that we could see more action still coming to the state.He wouldn’t say at this point whether the contract should be rescinded or any Board members cut out.
“When people see all the facts, when it’s transparent, and when you look at the expenses- the money that’s being spent on expenses here when you look at the severance package- my experience is the board will do the right thing,” he says.
He doesn’t know how long the investigation will take, but is not planning any other action right now until the results come down.