Bioteau Withdraws from MCC President Search

Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, one of five finalists for president of Manatee Community College (MCC), has withdrawn from the search for the college's fifth president to succeed Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, who is retiring June 30.

Bioteau informed MCC District Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Harner in a phone call April 9 that she was withdrawing her candidacy, citing personal and professional reasons.

"Dr. Bioteau certainly is qualified and we were happy to have her as a finalist," Harner said. "We regret that we will not be able to consider her in our final deliberations, but we wish her continued success at Salt Lake."

Her decision to withdraw from the MCC search was not an easy one to make, Bioteau said in a statement that she asked to have shared with the college community:

"I have loved this area and admired MCC for a long time, and my high opinion of the college and the community was only enhanced by the kindness and hospitality that were extended to me by everyone I met during my visit. 

 "I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered as a candidate for president of this wonderful college, but after much thought, I came to a most difficult conclusion that I have unfinished work in Salt Lake.

"I will continue to look forward to being a neighbor and enjoying my home in Venice in the coming years and one day retiring in your lovely community."

Bioteau's decision followed two days of visiting MCC campuses and an interview with MCC trustees. She currently is president of Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bioteau was traveling Wednesday and could not be reached for further comment.

The board of trustees will hold its previously scheduled meeting as planned Thursday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m., at MCC Bradenton, Building 14, Rooms 147-148, to evaluate the four remaining finalists. The meeting is a public meeting, as are all board meetings.

"The Presidential Search Committee did an excellent job in bringing to the board a slate of well-qualified finalists, and we are confident that we will be able to move forward in making an offer to the next excellent president of MCC," Harner said.

More information about the candidates and the search process is available at

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