Ben Sasse Hosts Three Forums at University of Florida as Presidential Finalist

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — Senator Ben Sasse hosted three forums at the University of Florida’s Emerson Alumni Hall, where students, faculty and staff were in attendance.

After a lengthy six-month process, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse was selected as a finalist in the UF Presidential Search.

Prior to the forum, the university notified students to send their questions online.

Sasse answered questions about LGBTQ+ inclusivity on campus, the importance of tenure, as well as his beliefs on climate change and academic freedom.

The computer science students said they hoped the school would continue to do well in studies with the incoming new president.

“I’m really excited about this because he’s the United States Senator and I think he’s going to be our next university president,” said graduate student Vaibhev Mishra. “We were told about all the nominees and like every few weeks we were getting emails.”

During the second forum, chants were heard by protesters from inside the hall.

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The third forum was delayed and moved to a remote live stream without an audience. This forum ended earlier than expected.

Dr. Ben Sasse is due to be interviewed by the board in November. If elected, he would become the university’s 13th president.

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