Interview dates set for St. Pete College president search
ST. PETERSBURG — Now that the pool of potential St. Petersburg College presidents has been narrowed to five, the college’s board of trustees will bring each finalist to campus for interviews.
The board’s four members plan to make their final decision at a special meeting on June 9.
The candidates will replace outgoing president William Law Jr., who is retiring this summer after seven years at the helm. A search committee was tasked with sifting through more than 50 applications to settle on the final five for the board to consider, but some tension emerged during that process.
The one-hour interviews will all take place at 4 p.m. in the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus music center, located at 6605 5th Ave. N. They are all open to the public. Here’s the schedule:
May 4 — Edward Bonahue, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Santa Fe College (Gainesville)
May 9 — Stan Vittetoe, provost, St. Petersburg College (Clearwater)
May 16 — Tonjua Williams, senior vice president, student services, St. Petersburg College
May 22 — James Henningsen. president, College of Central Florida (Ocala)
May 26 Frank A. Biafora, Jr., dean and professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
When candidates visit SPC, they will meet community members at two breakfasts and a luncheon. They'll meet with career service employees, faculty and the Faculty Government Organization, students and the Student Government Association, college leaders and the SPC Foundation. Participants in those events will be able to share their thoughts in an online form. Those responses will be shared in an internal newsletter at the college and with trustees.
When the board makes a decision, memebrs will consider this input, as well as what they heard from community members before the search process began.
Itineraties of all college visits will be posted on the presidential search website. All visits are open to the public should people wish to attend.