Board Report: January 22, 2013 - Probstfeld Named New SCF President

(Bradenton, Fla., January 22, 2013) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees in a unanimous 7-0 vote named Dr. Carol Probstfeld as the sixth president of SCF at a special meeting on Jan. 22.

She accepted the position, saying she appreciated the board’s confidence in her and the support of her colleagues, several of whom spoke in favor of the board’s motion.

Probstfeld, who has served as SCF’s interim president since November, came to SCF in 2003 as vice president of business and administrative services.

The Jan. 22 special meeting had been scheduled for the board to consider aspects of the presidential search. Board Vice Chair Dr. Craig Trigueiro made a motion that the board offer a contract to Probstfeld, explaining that after hearing attendees at recent community input sessions list the attributes they wanted to see in the next president, he became convinced that Probstfeld was the person for the job.

Trustees individually expressed their support for Probstfeld, citing their appreciation for her engagement with the community, her communication with and outreach to the board, their confidence in her financial management, and the trust she enjoys from college employees.

Board Chair Carlos Beruff noted that the board’s decision to offer Probstfeld the permanent position also would avoid a “learning curve” and extended get-acquainted period that would be required for a new president unfamiliar with the college and community.

In her comments, Probstfeld said, “I commit to you that every day I will wake up with the knowledge in my heart that this is a college I love, and it is my goal to contribute to making it a better place.“

A contract proposal will be considered at a future board meeting.

The board discussed opportunities to remain engaged with community members who had agreed to serve on the presidential search committee.

“We want the community leaders who were willing to step up and participate in the search to know that we value their advice and want to keep the doors of communication open,” Beruff said.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Jan. 29, at SCF Bradenton.

Dr. Probstfeld


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