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Genshaft dismisses USF-Poly chancellor
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TAMPA, Florida -- Following a 10 News Investigators report about hostile attempts to split USF-Polytechnic from the USF university system, USF President Judy Genshaft has replaced Chancellor Marshall Goodman.

Goodman, who teamed up with State Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, in ramming an unpopular independence bid past the Board of Governors (approved conditionally), will take a year for "professional deployment leave."  He is replaced by Interim Regional Chancellor David Touchton, a prominent Lakeland businessman and USF alumni who led the effort to stall USF-Poly independence.

"David Touchton is a respected business and community leader, and someone who cares deeply about the future of USF Polytechnic and Polk County," said USF System President Judy Genshaft in a statement. "The Florida Board of Governors has charged the USF System with establishing a transparent path to independence for USF Polytechnic. We have begun that path, and we need the team to get it done. I believe David is the right person to lead a clear path to meet those thresholds."

"I'm here to help president Genshaft move forward with the Board of Governors' decision. I am honored to be selected for this role and to be leading the charge for accreditation and independence of USF Polytechnic," said Touchton, who will oversee major construction projects on the new USF-Poly campus.State Sen. Paula Dockery, who had butted heads with Goodman over his oft-criticized campus spending habits, said she "applaud(ed) the bold actions of USF President Judy Genshaft."

"Dr. Goodman's actions over the past year have been divisive to the community, dictatorial to the faculty and students, insubordinate to the USF administration, wasteful to the taxpayers and unresponsive to the lawmakers who question his use of those tax dollars," Dockery continued in a prepared statement.  "Kudos to President Genshaft for replacing a divider with a uniter (Touchton) so the healing can begin."

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