Great quote from the article:
“Ben is a good and smart and principled person,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). “I can hardly think of an issue on which we agreed but he is someone whom I respect for always standing by the courage of his conviction for always being thoughtful and for standing up for the rule of law.”
I'll add that I'm always concerned when a person's politics is cited in their qualifications for a leadership position of a non-political organization. Maybe he'll do great, but I'm glad I'm not at UF to find out.
He does an excellent head-fake toward the middle, makes somewhat critical statements against Trump, but votes with the Republicans 99% of the time. He makes a lot of empty statements that sound "independent", but in the end, he's just an empty suit.
To quote Gertrude Stein, there is nothing there, there.