Florida Settles With Ex-Dean, Hoping to End E-Mail Battle

July 20, 2009

Bruce Kone, the former dean of the University of Florida medical school, has resigned his faculty position in return for $517,000 over three years, The Gainesville Sun reported. Kone left the deanship last year after a scandal over the admission of a politically connected applicant with questionable qualifications. Since then, some candidates for positions at the university have received anonymous e-mails that the university says are from Kone, but which he denies sending. One e-mail said the university "is in a classic death spiral" and called President Bernie Machen a "dictatorial ass." Another said: "The UF administration has the sorriest group of average, bureaucratic, hangers-on as administrators who are obstructionist, conniving, and just look out for their own jobs."

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