Public invited to weigh in on SPC presidential search at forums
St. Petersburg College is inviting the public to weigh in on what they want to see in the college’s next leader.
Community members are welcome to attend two evening forums this month, one in Tarpon Springs and another in St. Petersburg, to discuss the qualifications and attributes they want candidates to possess.
The first will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at SPC’s Tarpon Springs campus (Room FA 132, 600 Klosterman Rd.) The second will be Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center (1300 22nd St. S). Both begin at 6 p.m.
The search for the college’s seventh president was set in motion when Dr. Bill Law announced his retirement last fall after seven years at the helm.
SPC’s board of trustees met in December to create a 13-member search committee. It includes current and former trustees, students, faculty, staff and community members. Terry Brett, former chair of the board, is chair. Jeff Hockaday, SPC’s search consultant, is leading the nationwide search.
The college hopes the forums will guide SPC leaders as they put the finishing touches on the job description. Soon, they will advertise the position, then narrow to about 20 candidates for the search committee to examine.
The list will be narrowed again to about 10 candidates. Each of them will be asked to create an 8-minute video responding to questions from the search committee.
After looking at the videos, the committee will present the board of trustees with four to six finalists. Each finalist will visit SPC for a two days. The search committee will then make its final recommendations, and trustees will vote.
For more information about the search process, visit SPC’s presidential search website.