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N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson was a bit coy Thursday about a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education that said he was "widely considered to be a frontrunner" for the University of Florida presidency.

Perdue's dissertation

Beverly Perdue got her Ph.D. for studying how seniors could do better in college.

Senior citizens, that is.

The lieutenant governor earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Florida in 1976. Her thesis was on the then-new field of "educational gerontology."

The 249-page thesis focuses on training teachers to work with the elderly and offering new opportunities for seniors to study at a college level.

"Education should be seen as a lifelong process," she wrote. "Institutions of  higher education in Florida should provide some type of educational experience for adults of all ages, including the elderly."

For her study, Perdue sent a questionnaire to Florida's state universities and community colleges to see what they were doing for seniors. She determined they were not doing enough.

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