SFSC board approves Leitzel’s contract
AVON PARK - It’s official now. The Board of Trustees of South Florida State College unanimously approved a three-year contract with Thomas Leitzel who will start serving July 1 as the college’s president. At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved the contract with an annual base salary of $230,000. Leitzel’s benefits will be the same as the other college employees, said SFSC Vice President of Administrative Service Glenn Little. “That is pretty much the full compensation other than health insurance and sick leave and things like that that we provide for other employees. It’s very similar to SFSC President Norm Stephens’ current contract, Little noted. Stephen’s annual base salary is $234,782.Each year Leitzel’s performance will be evaluated and the board of trustees will decide whether to extend his contract another year or leave it at three years, Little explained. Leitzel’s contract will start on his first day on the job, which is July 1, 2013. Stephen’s contract ends on June 30. “We are looking very forward to Dr. Leitzel coming aboard,” Little said. “I think he is going to do a good job. He is going to be a great asset to the community, just as Dr. Stephens has been.” Leitzel, 56, is president of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, S.C., where he has served since 2008. He was vice president of the Charlotte Campus for eight years and dean of the School of Graduate Studies for six years at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, he was dean of Business, Health and Technologies at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. Leitzel’s academic career began in a community college; he graduated with an associate in science degree in business administration from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in University Park, Penn. He continued his education, earning a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Penn.; a master of science degree in education administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.; and a doctor of philosophy degree with an emphasis in community and junior college administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. The selection of Leitzel at a special board of trustees meeting on Friday concluded a presidential search launched in September 2012 when Stephens announced his intentions to retire.