DeSantis' vision for a conservative-leaning New College of Florida has begun with the removal of sitting president Patricia Okker, replacing her with former education commissioner and GOP Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Her predecessor said in a statement, "She's a terrific academic leader with a keen mind, great leadership and communication skills, excellent judgment and a basic decency and kindness that will serve Harvard well."
The university's leader has drawn scrutiny from prominent research journals as signs of potential scientific misconduct have emerged. Allegations first surfaced several years ago on PubPeer, an online forum that allows scientists to address concerns in publications.
Kristina M. Johnson's term will come to a close at the end of the academic year to allow for a "seamless transition," according to a letter to the Buckeye community. No reason was given for her departure.