SCF Board Report: December 18, 2012

Board Selects Search Committee & Endorses Probstfeld Continuing as Interim

(Bradenton, Fla., December 18, 2012)­ – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at the Dec. 18 meeting asked Dr. Carol Probstfeld to continue in the interim president position until a new president is selected.

Probstfeld, vice president of business and administrative services, initially accepted the interim position at the November board meeting with the expectation that the board would hire an interim president from outside the college to serve while the board conducts a national presidential search.

In agreeing to continue as interim president until the presidential search has concluded, Probstfeld said, “If it is the will of the board, I will accept the position. It is a big job, but we have the world’s hardest-working, dedicated staff, and I am confident that together, we will refocus our energy on the mission of the college.”

The board decided to pay her an additional $5,000 per month while she is filling both the interim president’s and vice president’s positions.

SCF Faculty Senate President Danny Fuerstman issued a statement on behalf of the faculty members who attended the board meeting: “Dr. Probstfeld is well-respected on campus, and the faculty in attendance are very supportive of the board’s decision to name her the interim president for the duration of our presidential search.”

The board selected three search consultants to make presentations at the Jan. 22 special board meeting: ACCT, Hockaday-Hartford and NS&EC.

The board selected members of the presidential search committee:

Community members: John Annis, Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Dan Bailey Jr., Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen; Todd Bowden, School District of Sarasota County; Jacki Dezelski, Manatee Chamber of Commerce; David Dignam, Key Agency Insurance; Charles Hackney, Manatee County Property Appraiser; Trevor Harvey, Sarasota CountyNAACP; Sharon Hillstrom; Manatee Economic Development Corporation; Stephen Jonsson, Insignia Bank; Jeffrey King, King Plastic; Dr. Stephen Korcheck, (ret.); W. Alex Moseley, MoseSys and Associates; Fredrick Piccolo, Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority; and Jody Shinn, Michael Saunders &Company.

SCF students: Joshua Felthoff, SCF Venice, and Nicole McDonald, SCF Bradenton.

SCF faculty members: Luci Frith, professor, department of language and literature; Daniel Fuerstman, assistant professor, social and behavioral sciences; and Dr. Kathryn Stuckey, program director, early childhood education.

Career employees: Mary DiTaranto, adjunct coordinator, academic quality and success, and Brian Newberry, equipment manager, athletics.

College administrators: Darlene Wedler-Johnson, SCF Venice provost, and Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, dean of nursing.

The board voted to name Board Chair Carlos Beruff as chair of the presidential search committee and appointed Trustee Lori Moran to serve on the committee.

In other board business:

  • Trustees approved the financial and nonfinancial consent agenda items;
  • Probstfeld presented the college’s response to the state auditor’s operational audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012;
  • Trustee Ann Moore was named by the board as liaison to The SCF Foundation Inc.;
  • The board approved a grant proposal for a Quick Response Training Grant: GSE Holdings Inc. (operating as Hobart Ground Systems) sponsored by Workforce Florida Inc. If funded, SCF’s Corporate and Community Development Division would serve as fiscal agent and assist in their training plans.
  • The board approved a recommendation by Probstfeld to put on hold previously announced plans for a fall 2013 start of a charter high school at SCF Venice until the presidential search is completed. Trustees agreed with Probstfeld that a new charter school warrants the college leadership's focused attention and the prudent course of action is to postpone further discussion during the transition.

Community input sessions for the presidential search will be held:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5 -7 p.m., at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, Selby Room
  • Thursday, Jan. 10, 5-7 p.m., at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. East, Center for Innovation & Technology, Selby Community Room
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 5-7 p.m., at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 29, nursing auditorium.

More information about the SCF presidential search is available at

A special board meeting about the presidential search is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at SCF Bradenton. The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. at SCF Bradenton.




Page Edit