A Florida Atlantic University search committee on Friday tapped former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux and two academics — John W. Kelly of Clemson University and Christopher Earley of Purdue University — as finalists for FAU’s vacant presidency, bypassing Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
Here’s reporter John Lantigua‘s article on the FAU presidential sweepstakes.
The setback for Atwater is also a setback for politicians who were hoping to have an open CFO race in 2014.
In a post on his Facebook page Friday night, Atwater made it clear he’ll now focus on his re-election bid.
“As I said to my staff about accepting an invitation to apply, my passion for serving as Florida’s CFO and my commitment to working with my great colleagues for years to come remains undiminished,” Atwater wrote.
Also Friday, Atwater’s campaign posted its December fundraising totals. Atwater raised $355,120 during the month and has collected $1,169,876 overall. He has spent $58,931 so far, leaving more than $1.1 million in his campaign account.
The only announced Democrat in the race, William Rankin of Broward County, raised $5,025 in December, primarily from two out-of-state donors who gave $2,500 apiece.