Can FAU attract a top-tier replacement?

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The president of FAU's resignation amidst several public relations nightmares leaves big questions hovering over campus.

Who's next?
 
And what impact will the incidents that led to her resignation have on the search?
 
President Saunders took heat from the air, from angry citizens, and from professors - just to name a few.
 
"I'm hoping that doesn't discourage any candidates," said FAU junior Martha Benites.
 
NewsChannel 5 asked the head of former-President Frank Brogan's transition team - County Commissioner Steven Abrams - whether trustees should be concerned it'll be hard to sell the job.
 
"You need to hire a new president who will be fully aware of how volatile the campus can be," said Abrams.
 
The salary is promising, as Saunders was paid $350,000, plus bonuses.
 
Abrams points out that the president will lead thirty thousand students, a new medical school, a $180 million endowment and a growing sports program.
 
The job - for all its pressure - does have perks.
 
"FAU has a good enough reputation that once they put the ad in the paper, I think they will receive a lot of attractive applicants," said Abrams.
 
Board of Trustees chairman Anthony Barber will lead the search for a new president, and says FAU has learned from this.
 
"If the mountains were smooth it'd be impossible to climb them," said Barbar.
 
Benites, a pre-med student, has advice for the board: find someone who has zeal for the job, the way Saunders did.
 
"I hope the school finds someone who tries as hard as she did," said Benites.
 
The search could take a year.
 
FAU will be led by an interim president.
 
Abrams says that buffer will only give a cleaner slate to Saunders' permanent replacement.

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