SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld

Dr. Carol ProbstfeldDr. 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 close to 50,000 graduates. With campuses in Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch and an online presence, SCF serves 27,000 credit students annually and another 14,000 noncredit participants. Dr. Probstfeld was named SCF president in January 2013 by the College’s Board of Trustees and served as interim president in late 2012. As SCF president, Dr. Probstfeld is committed to building and nurturing relationships and focusing on enhancing the student experience. 

Dr. Probstfeld is leading SCF’s efforts to Boldly Engage its student, 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 two years SCF has 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 a new Library and Learning Center on the Bradenton Campus, a state-of-the-art facility that will open January 2018. 

Dr. Probstfeld serves as the Florida College System Activities Association President as well as the Chair of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation.  In addition, she is active in several local organizations, including Manatee Memorial Board of Governors, Together Manatee and Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. 

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" – Harpo and Kelly, both red smooth-coated Brussels Griffons, and Monte, a Yorkshire Terrier.

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