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Ex-Media General leader talking to USF about 'economic development' job



John Schueler, a former executive at the company that owns the Tampa Tribune, is talking to the University of South Florida about a job -- for the second time since he was removed from his top role at Media General late last year.

A USF spokesman confirmed that the university is now in "the conversation stage" with Schueler about a role in helping USF with "economic development", specifically around the downtown area.

It would be a modification of a position left vacant by Kathy Betancourt, USF's former associate vice president for governmental relations, who retired in 2011 after nearly 20 years. Betancourt's job was more focused on promoting USF on a state and national political scale, said USF's Michael Hoad. Her ending salary was $141,3335.

Schueler's potential salary has not been worked out, along with many other details, Hoad said. "It's all ideas now."

Schueler, who was a finalist in the search for a new business school dean at USF in December, did not return a call seeking comment.

From 2005 until November, Schueler was president of the company that oversees Media General's Tampa operations, Florida Communications. He was removed, along with a couple of other executives, amid a restructuring that preceded 125 layoffs at the Tribune. Media General said then that Schueler would be transferred to an unspecified job in the company's Richmond, Va., headquarters.

USF wound up picking a different candidate, an associate business dean at the University of Arkansas, for its business school position.

-- Kim Wilmath

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:39pm]


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