Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Seeking Florida Atlantic University Presidency

FAU's last president resigned last May amid a series of controversies.

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014  |  Updated 1:34 PM EDT
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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is seeking the presidency of Florida Atlantic University.

Atwater's decision to seek the job likely opens a statewide Cabinet post for the 2014 elections. Atwater had been running for re-election and had not drawn a serious opponent.

Atwater emailed his staff on Saturday to tell them about his decision to seek the FAU job. FAU's previous president, Mary Jane Saunders, abruptly resigned last May amid a series of controversies that rocked the school. The Palm Beach Post first reported about Atwater's decision.

In his email, Atwater said he held a "special affinity" for FAU since he championed it during his time in the Florida Legislature. Two of his children graduated from FAU and his daughter is currently enrolled there.

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