JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott is calling for an investigation into all of Fla.'s state colleges, in light of recent financial woes at Florida State College of Jacksonville.
In a letter sent to the state's Chief Inspector General this week, Scott demanded more accountability.
FSCJ President Dr. Steven Wallace submitted his resignation Tuesday after 15 years of service. He was encouraged to leave office after an investigation revealed that $4.7 million in Pell Grants were wrongfully awarded to students.
The board accepted his resignation, giving him a $1.2 million compensation package that keeps him in office through the end of the year, and on staff for an additional 18 months in an independent fundraising and development role. The board said the deal was best for taxpayers and the college's reputation.
Governor Rick Scott now wants every dollar paid to and spent by state college presidents to come under review.
Chair of the FSCJ Board of Trustees Gwen Yates sent the following statement to Action News in response to the Governor's letter.
"I appreciate and respect the Governor's continued interest in FSCJ. He has asked for review of certain items. All of us, from the Board and throughout the College, will provide whatever assistance we can to ensure a prompt, thorough and accurate review."