SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld

Carol F Probstfeld, Ed.D.Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld is the sixth president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Established in 1957, SCF is the area’s oldest and largest public college with more than 50,000 graduates. With campuses in Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch and an online presence, SCF serves 11,000 credit students annually and another 14,000 noncredit participants. Dr. Probstfeld was named SCF president in January 2013.

Dr. Probstfeld came to SCF in 2003 as vice president of business and administrative services where she oversaw the budgets and administrative operations for SCF, a $100 million enterprise that makes a $432 million annual economic impact on the region. The College prepares students for university
transfer with its Associate in Arts degree or for immediate employment with 29 workforce Associate in Science degrees, 6 Baccalaureate degrees and 28 certificate programs.

As SCF president, Dr. Probstfeld is committed to building and nurturing relationships and focusing on enhancing the student experience. Her 23 years of higher education experience at small private institutions and large public colleges includes a track record of fostering collaboration and partnerships.

Dr. Probstfeld is leading SCF’s efforts to Boldly Engage its students, faculty, staff and community partners to achieve the goals of the college’s 2015-2020 Boldly Engaging strategic plan. In the five-year plan’s first three years, SCF has purchased property for a new Parrish campus, added signature programs to its Venice Campus, enacted multiple strategic enrollment initiatives, created a Leadership Development program to mentor its employees, and launched a comprehensive communications and marketing plan, among many other accomplishments. Dr. Probstfeld successfully engaged state lawmakers to receive $17.6 million to build the Library and Learning Center on the Bradenton Campus, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in February 2018.

Dr. Probstfeld has preserved the tradition of Health Sciences excellence at SCF. The nursing program annually records one of the highest certification rates in the state of Florida and the physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant, dental hygiene and radiography programs have a 100 percent licensure pass rate. In 2018 SCF introduced the BSN in 4 program to create an additional pathway for nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to meet regional hospital employment needs.

Under her leadership, the SCF Foundation launched its first Capital Campaign in 2016 to provide facilities that enhance the student experience. This campaign is a strategic recognition of the change in the funding mechanism for capital funding. The Campaign financed $1 million in technological upgrades for the Library and Learning Center and includes a $3.5 million Studio for the Performing Arts and a $9.5 million Health and Human Performance Center.

Dr. Probstfeld served as the Florida College System Activities Association President (2017-18) and
the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation Chair (2016-17). She provided statewide leadership to the Florida College System as Council of Presidents Chair (2015-16) and Policy and Advocacy Chair (2014-15). She is active in several local organizations, including the Manatee Memorial Board of Governors and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Before coming to SCF, Probstfeld served as vice president for finance and administration, chief financial officer and treasurer for Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., and Notre Dame College of Ohio in South Euclid, Ohio.

Dr. Probstfeld enjoys attending student plays, concerts, ballgames and club events and speaking with community groups. When her busy schedule as SCF president allows, she hones underwater photography skills while diving.

Dr. Probstfeld is from Whittier, Calif. She received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, an MBA from John Carroll University, and bachelors degrees in Accounting and Marketing from California State Polytechnic University. She lives with her husband, Bill Murphy, and their "fur kids" – Kelly, a red smooth-coated Brussels Griffons, and Monte, a Yorkshire Terrier. 

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