Randy Avent is Polytechnic's first president
From the News Service of Florida:
Randy Avent, associate vice president for research at North Carolina State University, was offered the position of president at Florida Polytechnic University, the state's newest university, on Monday.
Avent must still negotiate with the Lakeland-based school’s board of trustees on a contract that is expected to be between $310,750 and $550,000 a year. He must also be confirmed by the Florida Board of Governors.
A release from Florida Polytechnic noted that Avent is expected to begin this summer at the school, which legislators separated from the Tampa-based University of South Florida in 2012. The school, to be focused on science, technology, engineering and math, is scheduled to open in August with about 500 students.
Avent, who is also an associate provost at the Raleigh, N.C.-based school, was selected over finalist Robert McGrath, vice president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
The two had been selected last week from a list that included more than 40 names gathered by a search firm.