Administration

SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld

Dr. Carol Probstfeld

Dr. Carol Probstfeld is the president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. She assumed her position January 22, 2013, as the sixth president of the area's oldest and largest public institution of higher education. With three campuses in Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch, SCF proudly serves residents of Manatee and Sarasota counties with 27,000 credit students annually and more than 40,000 graduates. Another 14,000 participants annually take classes and workshops in the noncredit division.

Dr. Probstfeld previously served as interim president of SCF while continuing her role as vice president of business and administrative services, a position she held since 2003. As vice president, she oversaw the $50 million annual operating budget for SCF, a $100 million enterprise and major economic driver in the region.

During her 16-year career in higher education, she has had a proven track record of fostering strong relationships with the community through collaboration and partnerships. Her experience as a student, an adjunct faculty member and an administrator in higher education ranges from small private institutions to large public colleges and allows her to benefit from many perspectives in different educational settings. 

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. 

In her previous positions at SCF, she served as a member of the senior management team and leader of the critical incident management team, facilitated the development and implementation of the College's strategic plan and led the College's expansion of online learning opportunities for students. 

Dr. Probstfeld is a member of the Council of Presidents of the Florida College System and serves on the board of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium. 

She has been elected to numerous boards and committees, including serving as a steering committee member and chair of the Florida College System Council of Business Affairs. In recognition for her outstanding professionalism, expertise and service to the Florida College System, she was selected as the Ken Jarrett Award recipient in 2009. 

Dr. Probstfeld is from Whittier, Calif. She received an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Marketing from California State Polytechnic University. She lives with her husband, William A. Murphy, and their "fur children," Harpo, a smooth-coated red Brussels Griffon, and Nixie, a Portuguese Water Dog.

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