SFSC presidential candidates to visit campuses
AVON PARK - The search for the next president of South Florida State College will get up close and personal with each of the four finalists vying for the position scheduled for two-day visits to the campuses for interviews and community, faculty and student forums. In addition to candidates’ interviews with the District Board of Trustees, the two-day schedule will provide each candidate opportunities to meet members of the community, SFSC students and college employees. SFSC District Board of Trustees Member Joe Wright said Friday, “It looks like we have four outstanding candidates. I have watched the videos on all four; I’ve read all the written materials. The interview is a “two-way street” so he looks forward to see how the candidates react to the community, he said.The board will be looking for feedback from the faculty, administration and people from the community, Wright said. “We really do hope we get a lot of community support and interest and the people will come out and meet the candidates,” he said. Marie Gnage, president of the University of West Virginia at Parkersburg, will be the first to visit and interview at SFSC on April 3 and 4. John Holdnak, executive vice chancellor of the Florida College System will visit SFSC on April 8 and 9. Paul Nagy, special assistant to the president, strategic planning and analysis, at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, will visit SFSC on April 10 and 11. Thomas Leitzel, president of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in South Carolina will visit SFSC on April 15 and 16. On the first day of each candidate’s visit, they will be given a tour of SFSC’s Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto campuses, as well as the Lake Placid Center and the Hotel Jacaranda. A community reception will be held that same day in the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts lobby on the Highlands Campus. At this reception, members of the community, SFSC students and college employees will have an opportunity to meet the candidate. Two public sessions are planned for members of the community, college employees, and SFSC students on the second day of each candidate’s visit, one in Building B and the other in the Health and Science Education Center on the Highlands Campus. At the conclusion of each session, participants will be offered a form to complete so that they may give their impressions of each candidate. All the candidates will be on the following schedule: Day 1 Schedule:
8:00 a.m. - Tour of the college district including DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands campuses, as well as the Lake Placid Center and Hotel Jacaranda.
4:00 p.m. - Community reception with members of the community, college employees and SFSC students in the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts Lobby, Highlands Campus.
6:30 p.m. - Dinner with vice presidents, executive director of the SFSC Foundation, executive assistant to the president, dean of cultural programs and director of community relations and marketing.
Day 2 Schedule:
9:00 a.m. - First open session with members of the community, college employees and SFSC students, in Building B Rotunda, Highlands Campus.
10:15 a.m. - Second open session with SFSC employees, students, and community members, in Health and Science Education Center Lobby, Highlands Campus.
11:30 a.m. -Lunch with college leadership team (college administrative team, department chairs and program managers and committee chairs).
1:00 p.m. - Meeting with SFSC District Board Chair Tami Cullens.
2:00 p.m. - Interview with Board of Trustees, in Board Room, Building F, Highlands Campus.
6:30 p.m. - Dinner with Board of Trustees, President Stephens and spouses.
The college has advertised to hold a special Board of Trustees meeting at 3 p.m., April 19 for the board to make its selection to fill the presidency.
If the selected candidate accepts and signs a contract, the board will vote on approval of the contract at its regular meeting on April 24.