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USF fires Polytech head

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By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – The leader of the embattled University of South Florida Polytechnic campus has been fired from his post. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes months after a contentious vote to allow the Polytechnic to start a process of becoming independent from the main campus.

Chancellor Marshall Goodman was one of the biggest supporters of USF-Polytechnic's bid for independence. He was at odds with the university's president Judy Genshaft, along with faculty and students, who opposed the split. Goodman's push to lead the USF Polytech campus toward independence was backed by Florida State Senator J.D. Alexander.

Genshaft found herself in a precarious position after voicing her opposition to the move. Alexander immediately called for an investigation into the awarding of a multi-million dollar contract to build a science and tech building at the Polytech campus. Genshaft and other top officials claimed no direct involvement with the building project.