Presidential Search

SFSC Presidential Search Application Review Begins

AVON PARK, Fla., Feb. 11, 2013…The South Florida State College District Board of Trustees is getting closer in its search to find a replacement for SFSC President Norman L. Stephens Jr., who retires June 30, 2013. The review of applications began today with 47 individuals requesting consideration for the presidential post.

Current applicants hail from the United States and Canada. They are:

Johnson Akinleye Leland NC
William Aronson Miami FL
Donald Astrab Kapolei HI
Jack Bagwell Rock Hill SC
Vincent Beach Beckley WV
Karen Bond Parkland FL
Jeremy Brown Oakdale NY
Carlos Cortez West Hollywood CA
Keith Cotroneo Huntington WV
Eugene Dial Jr. Thibodaux LA
Dorothy Duran Council Bluffs IA
Tracy Edwards Lethbridge Alberta, Canada
Michael Elam Dickinson TX
Gilbert Evans Palatka FL
James Fay Berkeley CA
Ralph Ford Cranford NJ
John Garic Whitehall MT
Marie Gnage Vienna WV
Marshall Goodman Lakeland FL
Utpal Goswami Eureka CA
June Hall Lecanto FL
Sharon Hart Saipan Northern Mariana Islands
Allan Hoffman Palm Desert CA
John Holdnak Tallahassee FL
Alex Kajstura Tucson AZ
Daniel Kelso Texarkana TX
Anthony Kinkel Wichita KS
Thomas Leitzel Bluffton SC
Thomas LoBasso DeBary FL
David Marshall Durham NC
Pedro Martinez Kernersville NC
Sharon Miller Winter Haven FL
Frances Moore Roseburg OR
Paul Nagy Gainesville FL
Donnovon Outten Fayette IA
Paul Pai Santa Rosa CA
Juston Pate Maysville KY
Chris Plyler Columbia SC
Valerie Roberson Chicago IL
Mary Ann Searle Louisville KY
William Stoy Cochran GA
Irby Sullivan Carrollton GA
Cheryl Thompson-Stacy Middletown VA
Rhonda Tracy Marietta OH
Mark VanDenHende Eugene OR
Jean Wihbey Palm Beach Gardens FL
Allen Witt Ruskin FL

Minimum qualifications for the presidential position were: an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; at least five years of successful senior leadership experience as a vice president, vice chancellor, provost, president, or chancellor in a regionally accredited college, university, or higher education system; successful teaching experience at an accredited college or university; and full-time experience in a public community college or system.

Applicants were asked to respond to a presidential profile which reflects 15 key points for which a successful candidate will demonstrate understanding, appreciation, passion, and commitment.

A screening committee comprised of students, college employees, trustees, and representatives from each community in the college’s service district of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties will review the applications and make recommendations to the District Board of Trustees within the following framework.

Week of February 11-15 Pre-screening by Dr. Jeff Hockaday, SFSC human resources staff and executive administrators to ensure minimum qualifications are met and required materials have been provided. Dr. Hockaday, search consultant for the trustees, expects that a group of 20 to 25 highly qualified candidates will be identified as fully demonstrating the criteria listed in the presidential profile.
February 19 Screening committee workshop. Members will be given online access to all application materials and discuss the review process.
Week of February 19-25 Screening committee members will individually review applications and identify 10 qualified candidates they believe will best meet the college needs.
February 26 Screening committee workshop to identify eight to 12 semi-finalists for an in-depth review. The semi-finalists will be asked to prepare a video in digital format addressing the presidential profile and committee questions.
March 8-18 Videos available for committee review.
March 19 Screening committee workshop to develop a final report to the trustees, including recommendations of five to seven candidates for consideration as finalists.
March 20-26 Applications materials and videos available for the trustees’ review.
March 27 The trustees will select the finalists.

Finalists will be invited to participate in on-site interviews that will be conducted between April 15 and May 2. It is anticipated that the SFSC District Board of Trustees will select a candidate at a special meeting early in May.