Former Poly chancellor resigns

Amid an internal investigation exploring the financial mismanagement of the now pruned branch campus, the former regional chancellor of USF Polytechnic, Marshall Goodman, resigned from the university late last week.

Goodman was placed on a year of leave in December by USF President Judy Genshaft, after she expressed her loss of confidence in (his) ability to lead, following the discovery of extravagant spending at the campus, including a $140,000 promotional YouTube video, a $500,000 documentary about the campus construction and $10,000 worth of statues of Star Wars Storm Troopers and other action heroes.

Goodman, who will receive $254,000 for his year of leave, would have been appointed to a faculty position upon return, earning $150,000 annually.

The announcement of Goodmans resignation came days after names were announced of the first eight trustees appointed to the new Florida Polytechnic University. Five more slots remain.

According to The Lakeland Ledger, Goodmans lawyer indicated there were no clear plans of whether Goodman would work for the new university.

Well, there hasnt been anybody to even put that question to until today, he said to The Ledger.

Goodman will receive two lump sum payments for his year of leave.

– Staff Report