Board of Governors picks four candidates for chancellor job
Florida's Board of Governors has announced four candidates for the job of chancellor to oversee the State University System. Here's the description of the candidates from a press release sent late Thursday:
Marshall Criser III is president of AT&T Florida. He has been a long-time leader in Florida higher education and just began his fourth year as the Speaker’s appointee to the Higher Education Coordinating Council, which he chairs. He is a member of The Scripps Research Institute board of trustees in California and is vice chair of University of Florida’s board of trustees. Criser was nominated by former state representative Bill Proctor and received a letter of support from the chair of Workforce Florida.
Mark Drummond most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Provost of Higher Colleges of Technology—a system of 17 college campuses located throughout the United Arab Emirates. He has a mix of system and campus experiences having served as chancellor of California’s Community College System and president of Eastern Washington University. Prior to his career in higher education, Drummond spent more than a decade in the private sector at technology firms in California and Pennsylvania.
Jim Purcell is Commissioner of the Louisiana Board of Regents. He coordinates the efforts of the state’s 14 universities, two health science centers, and 16 community and technical colleges. He has served as the head of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and led research and strategic planning efforts for Oklahoma’s college and university system. Purcell received letters of support from the current university system heads in both Arkansas and Iowa.
Bruce Rafert is provost at North Dakota State University and was nominated by Dr. John Haller who served as system provost in Illinois. Rafert was previously vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University. He has ties to Florida as a University of Florida alumnus and former professor of physics at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. In addition, he served as chief scientist on numerous projects for the U.S. Air Force.
The candidates will be invited to in-person interviews with the search committee on Nov. 12 at the Orlando Airport Marriott. The finalists selected from this pool will meet with the Board of Governors at its meeting on Nov. 20 and 21 at Florida International University in Miami.