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SPC president gets high marks in annual evaluation



It's not just teachers who are feeling the evaluation crush these days. Bill Law, the president of St. Petersburg College, is set to receive his annual ratings from the college's board of trustees tomorrow.

The Gradebook has a copy of the evaluation results, which reflect well on Law. Each of the four trustees rated Law on a scale of 1 to 5 on 32 items related to leadership, diversity, planning, budgeting, board relations, and community outreach. The trustees' ratings were then averaged together.

Most of Law's scores fell at 4 or higher, with no averages dipping below 3.5. We think it'd be fair to call the results an A-/B+.

Law received particularly high marks for "Provides leadership in the area of improving student success" and "Provides leadership in increasing student access and penetration into the community."

But Law was dinged repeatedly for his handling of the new Midtown campus. It was supposed to open in the fall of 2014, but after a challenge from a construction firm revealed that Law violated open meetings laws, prompting further legal action from the firm, the Midtown project is on hold indefinitely. 

"Midtown project issues" and "Midtown project decision" come up again and again in the evaluation. Another comment reads, "We need to make sure that we bring the Midtown Project in successfully, with no deviation from the plan."

The trustees are expected to discuss Law's evaluation at their meeting tomorrow morning.

[Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:26am]


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