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Florida Polytechnic names two presidential finalists

Florida Polytechnic University has two outside candidates in the running to become the school's first president. That selection could happen as early as Monday.

Here is more from the university's press release:

Florida Polytechnic University's Presidential Search Committee identified two finalists for the position of University President during a public meeting this morning, which took place at the University's administrative office in downtown Lakeland.

The committee, which is comprised of the University's full Board of Trustees, the chair of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board and a representative from the Florida Board of Governors, received applications from or nominations for a total of 44 candidates. After reviewing resumes and nominations during this morning's meeting, the committee narrowed that list to the following finalists:

  • Randy Avent, associate vice president for research and associate provost, North Carolina State University
  • Robert McGrath, senior vice president and director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

"We were extremely impressed by the pool of candidates for this important position," said Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee member Don Wilson. "As a brand new state university, dedicated wholly to hands-on, high-tech STEM education, Florida Polytechnic is unique in the world of higher ed. It requires a leader with entrepreneurial vision, proven leadership ability and a commitment to continuously riding the cutting edge of technology. I feel confident we'll find that combination of attributes among our finalists."

Finalists will be invited to meet the committee and community members during a meet-and-greet on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The committee will conduct formal interviews with finalists on Monday, April 14, 2014.