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December 16, 2002

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

Daniel S. Papp announces he will stay with Georgia system;
search will continue for state university chancellor

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Board of Education announced today that Daniel S. Papp has decided to remain as senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs of the University System of Georgia and will not become chancellor of Florida's Division of Colleges & Universities.

Dr. Papp has advised the board that uncertainties created by the passage of the Amendment 11 - which will establish a university system Board of Governors — was a factor in his decision. He had been expected to assume the role of chancellor on Jan. 1.

"Because of changed circumstances and remaining uncertainties about the roles and responsibilities of the position of the Florida Chancellor's position, I believe it is in my best professional interests to continue to serve the University System of Georgia," Papp said in a statement today.

Education Secretary Jim Horne said he respected Papp's decision but was disappointed. "We were looking forward to having him join us in Florida," Horne said. "We do enjoy stability in Florida's system of higher education, and the changes required by the Board of Governors amendment will be accomplished smoothly and with minimum disruption to Florida's 11 state universities."

Horne said the search would continue for the best individuals to fill the posts of chancellor of the university system and chancellor of Florida's K-12 public schools.