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9 vie for top USF St. Pete job. One is former deputy mayor Kanika Tomalin.

The candidates for St. Petersburg regional chancellor will be interviewed this week.
The search for a new regional chancellor at USF St. Petersburg is nearing an end, with nine candidates making the short list after 56 applied.
The search for a new regional chancellor at USF St. Petersburg is nearing an end, with nine candidates making the short list after 56 applied. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 26|Updated Apr. 27

The University of South Florida will be interviewing nine candidates this week to be the next regional chancellor of the St. Petersburg campus, including a familiar name to city residents — former Deputy Mayor and city administrator Kanika Tomalin.

Tomalin, currently the chief operating officer and vice president of strategy at Eckerd College, is among the candidates who were short-listed from a pool of 56 applicants for the job. The nine remaining candidates will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday.

Kanika Tomalin
Kanika Tomalin [ Provided ]

Outgoing regional chancellor Martin Tadlock had planned to step down at the end of 2021 but extended his term at the request of then-interim president Rhea Law. In contrast, 20 people applied for the president’s job and two were short-listed, including Law, who eventually won that job.

The regional chancellor is top USF official on the St. Petersburg campus, reporting to the university president.

The other remaining candidates are:

  • Thomas Burns, provost at Belmont University, who announced last week he would be stepping down from his current role.
  • Carl Goodman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowie State University and former associate provost for undergraduate education and student success at Florida A&M University.
  • Alan Shao, dean of the School of Business and vice president of corporate partnerships at the College of Charleston. Shao last year made a bid for the presidency of New College in Sarasota and will transition to a faculty position at the College of Charleston at the end of the year.
  • Christian Hardigree, dean of the school of hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
  • Robert Smith, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Valdosta State University.
  • Melissa Gruys, dean of the school of business at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
  • Andrew Hamilton, associate vice provost for student success and dean of undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Bjong (Wolf) Yeigh, former chancellor of the University of Washington’s Bothell campus.

A full schedule of virtual candidate interviews can be found here.

The search committee will select two or three candidates to be interviewed in person and participate in town hall meetings on campus next week, university spokesperson Carrie O’Brion said.

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