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Text messages show New College alum acted as liaison between DeSantis’ office and board

Sarasota Herald-Tribune by Zac Anderson

Text messages released by New College of Florida through a public records request show that alum Bob Allen acted as a liaison between Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office and board members in the early days of the governor’s conservative takeover of the school.

DeSantis appointed six new trustees to the college’s 13-member board on Jan. 6 in an effort to transform the small Sarasota college into something resembling Hillsdale College, a conservative Christian school.

On Jan. 9, Allen texted holdover board member Sarah Mackie and asked her to “please call me,” according to the messages obtained by the Florida Center for GovernmentAccountability through a public records request coordinated with the Herald-Tribune.

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