Billionaire’s role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions
By Kris Hundley, Times staff writer

A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.

A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University’s economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting “political economy and free enterprise.”

Traditionally, university donors have little official input into choosing the person who fills a chair they’ve funded. The power of university faculty and officials to choose professors without outside interference is considered a hallmark of academic freedom.

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3 Comments to “Charles Koch hires himself a pair of trusty profs at Florida State, and if the faculty don’t like it, they can lump it”

  • Are there any other institutions of higher learning that the Kochs have purchased? Why are things like this no longer shocking to me?
    Not shocking. Still disgusting!
    They have bought the Supreme Court, paid for Congress, own the Tea Party; why not colleges and universities, too?

  • It’s time for any progressive leaning billionaires (if such a thing exists), or multi, multi- millionaires to get in a giving mood. And quick.
    It’s amazing to think that our military and intelligence appartatus has an annual budget of $1.2 TRILLION dollars, and the Koch brothers have helped bring about vast, near-apocalyptic levels of media disinformation, and social, economic, and policy changes with just approx. $1 billion dollars- not that one billion dollars is a small sum of money. The Koch brothers make Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons” look like Ghandi.

  • I think being that rich tends to make a person not progressive. It would be great, of course, if somebody would prove me wrong. (And quick.)

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