Dennis Crudele, acting president of Florida Atlantic University after the resignation last week of embattled Mary Jane Saunders, on Thursday defended Saunders’ advocacy for accepting a donation from a private prison group. But he made it a point to say he wanted the administration to be “more responsive, more precise and more transparent” during his tenure at the helm.
Saunders announced her resignation May 15, after several months full of controversy. Her principal problem arose after she defended a Board of Trustees decision to accept $6 million from the GEO Group of Boca Raton in exchange for the naming rights to the school’s football stadium. A small group of student protesters demonstrated against the decision and faculty later backed them.
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