New College

Ballard Partners is monitoring federal education and infrastructure legislation for the New College Foundation.

The Sarasota-based New College of Florida is the poster child of Governor Ron DeSantis’ war on "woke" indoctrination.

He installed six conservatives to the board of trustees at the one-time progressive school and appointed a political ally and ex-Speaker of Florida’s House as interim president of the school.

The board chopped one-third of NCF’s facility and shuttered its diversity and equity department as it seeks to become a “world-class classical liberal arts education institution” or the “Hillsdale of the South.”

NCF, which fell 24 places to the No. 100 spot in US News and World Report’s 2024 rankings of national liberal arts schools, is looking to raise $400M in state funding over the next five years to achieve its vision of fostering a "community of free thinkers, risktakers and trailblazers."

Brian Ballard, who was Donald Trump’s chief fundraiser in the Sunshine State, and Daniel McFaul, ex-chief of staff to Florida Republican Matt Gaetz, work the New College Foundation.