SPC Forums Focus on Search for New President
St. Petersburg College President Bill Law is retiring July 1.
PINELLAS COUNTY – St. Petersburg College will host two community forums to discuss the college’s search for a new president.
The public is invited to attend to give input into the attributes and qualifications they wish to see in presidential candidates. The forums will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 16), Tarpon Springs Campus, Room FA 132, 600 Klosterman Road and 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.
The forums are intended to inform the work of the Board of Trustees as it finalizes the job description for a new president. SPC is seeking applicants for its seventh president after current president Bill Law announced his retirement – effective July 1 – in November. Law previously served as president of Tallahassee Community College and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill., and was the founding president of Montgomery College in suburban Houston.
In December, at a special meeting, the board created a 13-member presidential search committee that includes current and former trustees, community members, students, faculty and staff. Former board Chair Terry Brett is heading the search committee, and the nationwide search is being led by Dr. Jeff Hockaday, the college’s search consultant.
Once the forums are held and feedback is received, the board will finalize the job description and advertise the position. Brett and Hockaday will review all applications before narrowing them to a list of about 20 candidates for examination by the search committee. In the next phase, committee members will narrow the list to about 10 candidates, who will be asked to submit an 8-minute video responding to questions posed by the committee.
The committee will review the videos and present the board with a list of four to six finalists. Each finalist will come to SPC for a two-day visit, during which they will visit with a variety of stakeholders. Committee members will make final recommendations and the trustees will vote on the final selection.
For information about the search, go to spcollege.edu.
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