John Kelly named new FAU president

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A vice president at Clemson University is going to be the next president at Florida Atlantic University.

The FAU board meeting in Boca Raton voted Friday evening to select John Kelly, who is currently vice president for economic development at the South Carolina school. Kelly has a background in horticulture and has been at Clemson since 1985.

Kelly was selected over two other finalists, including former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux. The final vote was unanimous, but an informal poll taken of FAU trustees showed the board was split between LeMieux and Kelly.

Kelly impressed trustees after he said he would push aggressively to improve FAU's academic standing.

The school has been without a permanent president since last May. Mary Jane Saunders resigned amid a series of controversies.

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