PRESS RELEASE: Board of Governors identifies candidates in chancellor search
TALLAHASSEE—The search for the next chancellor of the State University System of Florida has yielded an impressive field of candidates from around the nation, including executives from education, business and government. The group includes current and former system chancellors, university presidents and provosts, plus a number of business leaders. The Board of Governors’ Chancellor Search Committee today identified a short list of candidates for interviews next week:
- Marshall Criser III is president of AT&T Florida. He has been a long-time leader in Florida higher education and just began his fourth year as the Speaker’s appointee to the Higher Education Coordinating Council, which he chairs. He is a member of The Scripps Research Institute board of trustees in California and is vice chair of University of Florida’s board of trustees. Criser was nominated by former state representative Bill Proctor and received a letter of support from the chair of Workforce Florida.
- Mark Drummond most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Provost of Higher Colleges of Technology—a system of 17 college campuses located throughout the United Arab Emirates. He has a mix of system and campus experiences having served as chancellor of California’s Community College System and president of Eastern Washington University. Prior to his career in higher education, Drummond spent more than a decade in the private sector at technology firms in California and Pennsylvania.
- Jim Purcell is Commissioner of the Louisiana Board of Regents. He coordinates the efforts of the state’s 14 universities, two health science centers, and 16 community and technical colleges. He has served as the head of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and led research and strategic planning efforts for Oklahoma’s college and university system. Purcell received letters of support from the current university system heads in both Arkansas and Iowa.
- Bruce Rafert is provost at North Dakota State University and was nominated by Dr. John Haller who served as system provost in Illinois. Rafert was previously vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University. He has ties to Florida as a University of Florida alumnus and former professor of physics at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. In addition, he served as chief scientist on numerous projects for the U.S. Air Force.
These candidates will now be invited to in-person interviews with the search committee at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12. at the Orlando Airport Marriott (7499 Augusta National Drive, Orlando). From there, any candidate who has been selected to move to the final round will be invited to meet with the full Board of Governors at its regular meeting Nov. 20 and 21 at Florida International University in Miami.
“The nation’s second-largest university system needs another dynamic, talented leader as its chief executive, and I’m confident that person is among our candidates,” said Mori Hosseini, chair of the committee and vice chair of the Board of Governors. “I look forward to getting to know these individuals further, and hearing their ideas for helping the State University System achieve even greater national prominence.”
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Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.