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Baker not a finalist for SPC job



St. Petersburg College's presidential search commitee is beginning the process of naming finalists for the college's open presidency.

Of course, the real story is if former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will be among the finalists.

After a first ballot, Baker is third among eight semifinalists, behind Thomas Keegan and Bill Law.

The committee has said it plans to name 3-5 finalists, but could lower the number. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: This has turned into one bizarre meeting. Trustee Deveron Gibbons, who recused himself from the decision making process because he said he was close friends with Baker, told the search committee not to include Baker among the finalists.

Then the committee apparently did just that, voting 7-6 to support only two finalists. But, the vote was either miscounted, or someone changed their vote.

A motion to send three finalists, including Baker, then failed 7-6.

Then the committee agreed to include Keegan and Law as finalists, then to vote on the other candidates again. That vote seems to have include Kaye Walter as a finalist -- she got seven votes in the second round, Baker got the same six.

The committee isn't quite sure what to do next.

But what's obvious is this meeting isn't about who the finalists will be. It's about whether Rick Baker will be one of them.

UPDATE: Baker is out, by a 7-6 vote.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:49am]


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