Ben Sasse To Retire From Senate To Head University Of Florida

Sen. Bill Sasse (R-NE) has indicated that he will step down in his capacity as a senator to take a position as the president of the University of Florida.

He spoke about the decision at length in posts on his Twitter account, saying that “wonderful institutions” had approached him in the past about possible employment, but the University of Florida opportunity was special.

“UF is the most important institution in the nation’s most economically dynamic state,” Sasse wrote. “Washington partisanship isn’t going to solve these workforce challenges — new institutions and entrepreneurial communities are going to have to spearhead this work.”

“If UF wants to go big, I’m excited about the wide range of opportunities,” he added.

The University of Florida indicated that they will meet with Sasse on Monday to introduce him to the staff and student body. Then, on Nov. 1, Sasse will be interviewed by the university’s board of trustees.

If the parties move forward with a deal, the Senate seat will be selected by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R). While Sasse was elected through 2026, the governor will only be able to fill his chair through 2024.

Sasse will reportedly step down from the Senate between mid-November and mid-December.

Though nothing is official yet, the University of Florida appears adamant to name Sasse as the replacement for Kent Fuchs. Rahul Patel, chair of the search committee, made that clear in recent remarks.

“This is right for the University of Florida, right for the state of Florida and right for the Sasse family,” Patel said in the announcement. “Ben brings intellectual curiosity, a belief in the power and potential of American universities, and an unmatched track record of leadership spanning higher education, government and the private sector.”

Patel’s search committee unanimously recommended Sasse to become the university’s 13th president.

“His vision, humility, integrity, incredible personable nature and deep concern for humanity are all traits that will serve the UF community exceptionally well,” the committee noted. “This is the right moment for such a gifted public servant to lead the Gator nation into the future.”