SCF Board Report: November 27, 2012

Board Names Dr. Carol Probstfeld Interim President

(Bradenton, Fla., November 27, 2012) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees named Dr. Carol Probstfeld, vice president of business and administrative services, as interim president.

Trustee Eric Robinson made the motion, citing Acting President Dr. Jack Crocker's recent announcement that he would retire in a month. During the presidential transition, Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success, had assumed responsibilities of the president's office according to established succession procedure.

Probstfeld said her present job as vice president is fulfilling and she did not have aspirations to the presidency but she would be honored to accept the additional responsibility while the board decides its next steps.

The next step could include hiring an experienced past president to serve in the interim position while the board conducts a national search for a permanent president. A comprehensive presidential search generally takes six to nine months.

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna, who attended the meeting at the invitation of Board Chair Carlos Beruff, discussed the duties of trustees and the general process used for a presidential search.

"This is a great institution and you will attract great candidates," Hanna said. "If the process is done right and you engage faculty, staff, students and the community, it can be transformational for the college."

Discussion was held about the potential advantages of using a search firm for the presidential search. Peg Beck, executive director of human resources, presented proposals from presidential search consultants for the board's review. Trustees will discuss the proposals at their December meeting.

Beck also presented resumes of two potential interim presidential candidates: Dr. Willis N. Holcombe, currently a Tallahassee resident, former chancellor of the Florida College System and president emeritus of Broward College; and Dr. Larry W. Tyree, a current Sarasota resident, past president of three Florida colleges – Santa Fe College, Gulf Coast State College and Florida Keys Community College. The board will discuss a potential interim appointment at the December meeting.

A timeline for the presidential search also was approved. The timeline and updates will be available at

In other board business, trustees approved the financial and nonfinancial consent agenda items. Included was an Associate in Arts (A.A.) to Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) articulation agreement between SCF and Ringling College of Art and Design.

The board also approved a grant proposal to continue operating the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SCF for 2013 at the requested cash match level with the added stipulation that SBDC staff would aggressively seek replacement funding to relieve the college's operating fund. Trustees asked Carolyn Griffin, director of SBDC at SCF, to provide a report on fundraising progress to the board in August 2013. In its twelfth year at SCF, the SBDC offers counseling services and assists small business owners in Manatee and Sarasota counties in starting and expanding their companies.

Bradley Davis, associatevice president of planning and institutional effectiveness, reviewed the requirements and timeline of the accreditation reaffirmation process, which is under way at SCF. The college's accreditation is with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. Davis requested that a board liaison be appointed to the SACS committee and that he have an opportunity to present more detailed information about the board's role and responsibility in the reaffirmation process at a future workshop. The board agreed to consider both requests.

Board Vice Chair Dr. Craig Trigueiro commended SCF’s nursing program administrators for taking the initiative to expand capacity for more students in high-demand associate and bachelor level nursing programs. Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, dean of nursing and faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree program, and Dr. Sue Garland, program chair and professor in the Associate in Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree program, reported increased enrollment in the RN-to-B.S.N. program and the LPN-to-RN program.

The board also approved proposed course fee revisions that lowered several lab and practicum fees by $4 and $13 and voted to keep the present fee of $35 for Practicum I instead of increasing it to the proposed $43.

The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at SCF Bradenton.


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