Finalists for USF-St. Petersburg chancellor to make campus visits
The search for the next chancellor of USF St. Petersburg heats up on Sunday as the first of three finalists is slated to fly in for a campus visit.
Ralph Rogers, vice chancellor for academic affairs and a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University Calumet, is up first: He'll land at Tampa International just before 4 p.m. Rogers is scheduled to spend Monday at the flagship Tampa campus touring campus and meeting top university officials, including the woman with final say on the chancellor selection: USF System President Judy Genshaft. Tuesday morning Rogers will head to St. Pete, where's he'll spend the day before flying home on Wednesday.
Which is just as well, because Wednesday is when candidate No. 2 arrives. That's Ron Brown, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at Wayne State University in Detroit. He'll stay through Friday.
Finalist No. 3, Sophia Wisniewska, flies in next Sunday and stays through Tuesday evening, although it won't be her first peek at USF St. Pete's bayside campus. During her semifinalist interview early last week, the current chancellor of Penn State Brandywine admitted that she had come a day early to tour the campus, picking up a copy of the student newspaper and peeking in classrooms... before running into a committee from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, St. Pete's accreditor. She joked that she grew concerned the school would think she was a stalker, and saw herself out.
- Lisa Gartner, staff writer