Presidential Search

SFSC Names Finalists in Presidential Search

The South Florida State College District Board of Trustees named four finalists today in its search for a president to replace Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr. Dr. Stephens retires June 30, 2013.

The Presidential Screening Committee, headed by Trustee Ken Lambert, presented the list of finalists to the Board of Trustees during a special meeting at the SFSC Highlands Campus.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Dr. Marie Gnage, currently president of the University of West Virginia at Parkersburg, where she was formerly the campus president/regional vice president for West Virginia University and regional campus vice president. Previously, she was senior vice president for academic affairs with Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. She was also vice chancellor for educational services with Pima Community College in Arizona. She earned her doctor of philosophy in American literature from Florida State University, her master of arts degree in English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and her bachelor of science degree in English from Alcorn A&M College in Mississippi.
  • Dr. John Holdnak, currently executive vice chancellor of the Florida College System, where he was formerly vice chancellor for financial policy. Previously, he was vice president/dean of administrative services and chief financial officer at Gulf Coast Community College. He earned his doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of West Florida; a master of science degree in applied psychology from Florida State University, Panama City; a bachelor of science degree in leisure services and studies from Florida State University, Tallahassee; and an associate in arts degree from Pensacola Junior College.
  • Dr. Thomas Leitzel, currently president of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in South Carolina. Previously, he was vice president of the Charlotte Campus and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Prior to that, he was dean of Business, Health and Technologies at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. He earned his doctor of philosophy in community and junior college administration from Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia, a master of science degree in education administration from Temple University in Pennsylvania, a bachelor in arts degree in business administration from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, and an associate in science degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
  • Dr. Paul Nagy, currently the special assistant to the president, strategic planning and analysis, at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, where he was formerly executive director of strategic planning and analysis and institutional effectiveness officer. Previously, he was associate and coordinator, Office of the Provost, at the University of Florida. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from East Carolina University, a bachelor of science degree in library science/business administration from East Carolina University.

The trustees are currently developing a schedule of interviews. The public will have an opportunity to meet each candidate.