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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has announced that he will resign from his Cabinet position after the 2017 legislative session wraps up.

Atwater, a Republican, said he will accept an executive position at Florida Atlantic University. Atwater unsuccessfully sought the presidency at FAU three years ago.

“I am honored to join FAU in such a significant capacity,” Atwater said. “While I would have preferred to embrace this opportunity at a later date, the timing of crucial university initiatives warranted an accelerated transition.”

Gov. Rick Scott will appoint Atwater’s replacement.

The News service of Florida contributed to this report.


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