Presidential Search Progress Reported to Trustees

The Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees, at its Feb. 20 meeting, heard updates on the narrowing search for a successor to President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, who is retiring June 30.

Trustee Ron Allen, serving as chair of the Presidential Search Committee, and Peg Beck, MCC human resources director, provided an update on the search process and answered questions about next steps. Beck informed the board that the Search Committee, at its Jan. 30 meeting, narrowed the pool of applicants from 26 to 10 semifinalists including four females, one minority and six from Florida colleges.

Search committee members were provided with DVDs from semifinalists who recorded video interviews of themselves responding to three questions developed by the board's search consultant Dr. Jeff Hockaday with input from the committee:

(1) Why do you want to be president of Manatee Community College?

(2) What emerging issues do you believe will most significantly affect the mission of colleges? Describe how you might address these issues.

(3) How would you ensure that Manatee Community College maintains and advances a diversified work force and student body?

The search committee will view the interviews independently before convening Feb. 27 to narrow the list from 10 semifinalists to five finalists. The committee will forward the finalists' names to the board of trustees, which will hold a special board meeting March 3 at 4 p.m. at MCC Bradenton to consider the committee's recommendation that the finalists be invited to interview with the board and meet with college employees, students and community members.

On-campus interviews and meetings with finalists will be scheduled beginning in late March and are expected to conclude by mid-April before the board holds its regular meeting April 16. When available, the visiting schedules of the finalists and other information will be posted on the Presidential Search Web page at

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