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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Feb. 7, 201905:10 AM EST

Field for new FSCJ president down to 12; updated with list of candidates

The search committee will next narrow list to 8-10 for interviews.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s presidential search committee narrowed the list of candidates to 13 on Wednesday.

FSCJ spokeswoman Jill Johnson said one candidate withdrew Wednesday afternoon.

The 16-member FSCJ Presidential Search Committee contracted with Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search firm to narrow the 74 applications that were submitted by Jan. 31.

The search committee will contact references and narrow the list to eight-10 semifinalists by Feb. 20. Those candidates will be scheduled to visit Jacksonville on March 18-19.

The finalist interviews and selection will be determined April 1-10, according to the search committee timeline. The campus will host those candidates.

Then, the search committee will present a list of candidates, unranked, to the board of trustees, which is scheduled to meet April 9.

The position came open May 31 with the retirement of former President Cynthia Bioteau.

Lawyer Kevin Hyde, a partner with Foley & Lardner, serves as the interim president but did not apply for the permanent position. He said he will stay on for the transition.

The 12 finalists include candidates from seven states, with five from Florida.

"We had a large pool of highly qualified applicants for the position, and we are committed to the process moving forward," FSCJ Trustee Thomas R. McGehee, Jr. said. "FSCJ and the search committee are carefully reviewing the applicants to ensure we find the candidate that is most-qualified for our institution and the community."

Here are the 12 candidates:

John Avendano, Ph.D., president and CEO, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, Illinois

Stephanie G. Brown, Ed.D., vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale

Cliff Davis, Ed.D., president, Table Rock Campus and vice chancellor of the system, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Missouri

Richard L. Dawe, Ph.D., president, Ozarka College, Melbourne, Arkansas

Marielena DeSanctis, Ph.D., interim college provost and senior vice president, Academic Affairs and Student Services, Broward College, Broward County

Natalie J. Harder, Ph.D., chancellor South Louisiana Community College, Lafayette, Louisiana

Shaun L. McKay, Ed.D., president Suffolk County Community College in the State University of New York System, Selden, New York

Madeline M. Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System until December 2018, Tallahassee

James W. Ross, Ed.D., president and CEO of Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, North Carolina

David A.F. Sam, Ph.D., president and professor Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois

Harvey Slentz, J.D., professor of Business and Employment Law Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville

Jean A. Wihbey, Ph.D., vice president of Workforce Development at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth


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