Young doesn't back anyone


Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 11:26 p.m.

University of Florida President Charles Young said on Wednesday that while he supports Provost David Colburn applying to be UF's next president, he is not "backing" him as his successor.

An article in Wednesday's Sun used that word, noting that Colburn had consulted with Young before applying and listed Young as his first reference.

At a Board of Governor's meeting in Tallahassee, Young clarified that his support was for Colburn's application and not his candidacy.

Young said he doesn't endorse any candidate publicly and it wouldn't be appropriate to do so.

Colburn is not the only internal candidate to apply during the search launched in February.

Mike Martin, the university's vice president for agriculture and natural resources since the fall of 1998, also applied for the job.

Martin learned last week he is one of two finalists for the president's job at Colorado State University.

In all, 26 candidates have applied for the UF position, though two have dropped out, during the search, which has no defined end date.

Search committee Chairman Manny Fernandez has said that list will shrink at the search committee's next meeting May 12, after which the most promising candidates will be retained.

Carrie Miller can be reached at millerc@gvillesun.com or 338-3103.

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