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More news about university presidents



The Gradebook told you earlier about Eckerd College president Donald R. Eastman’s contract renewal. It turns out two other Florida schools heard news about their presidents today also.

In Miami, long-time Florida International University leader Mitch Madique announced he’s stepping down. Madique, who was appointed president in 1986, is the second longest-serving research university president in the nation.

A native of Cuba, Madique has raised $100-million in research grants and secured an endowment of $100-million according to a university news release. During his 22-year tenure, FIU has tripled its physical size and has more than doubled enrollment to more than 38,000 students.

Madique says he will stay on as president until the university’s board of trustees can find a successor, which could take more than a year. After that, he’ll remain at FIU as academic director of the school’s Leadership Center and as a professor of management. 

Meanwhile, in Tallahassee, the Florida State University Board of Trustees gave President T.K. Wetherell a glowing evaluation and renewed his contract.

Wetherall won’t get a raise – his salary will remain at $309,000 – but he’ll get two bonuses totaling $285,000.

Donna Winchester, higher education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:04am]


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