SCF Board Report: September 10, 2013

Trigueiro and Bailey Elected Chair and Vice Chair

(Bradenton, Fla.,September 10, 2013) — In its annual organizational meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees elected Lakewood Ranch resident Dr. Craig A. Trigueiro, a local physician, as chair. Palmetto resident Edward Bailey, finance manager for Sarasota Ford, was elected vice chair.

Trigueiro, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 and has served as the board’s vice chair for two years, was nominated for chair by fellow trustee and former chair Carlos Beruff. Bailey, also appointed by Scott in 2011, was nominated for vice chair by Trigueiro.

In turning over the gavel to Trigueiro, Beruff thanked SCF employees for their support during the period he served as chair. “The staff has done a phenomenal job,” Beruff said.

“I am humbled by the support of my fellow board members. I appreciate our former chairman’s leadership and his organization of subcommittees to get new trustees up to speed in a short time,” Trigueiro said.

Before ceding the chairmanship, Beruff commented on the president’s evaluation and noted that state statute requires the board to conduct an annual evaluation of the president even though SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld has been in her position as president for less than a year.

“Everyone rated Dr. Probstfeld as outstanding and highly skilled – because she is. I was happy with what I saw in her first months as president and glad that we’re all on the same page,” Beruff said.

In new business, the board also approved SCF administration to move forward with:

  • a design concept and requesting bids for a project that includes upgrades to the Student Union at SCF Bradenton to include a café-type dining area with video gaming stations, an expanded and more visible Club Hub, a new university admissions office, and reconfigured public safety offices;
  • the building design for the new academic building at SCF Bradenton. Construction on the new 36,000-square-foot academic building, which will replace some of the oldest buildings on the campus, is expected to start this year and be completed by the start of Fall 2014 semester; and
  • a boiler placement project at SCF Bradenton and pre-qualified construction contractors.

The board also approved a grant proposal for a U.S. Department of Labor grant, Florida SHIELD, created in partnership with 21 other Florida colleges. Designed to address the critical need for first responders, cyber security technicians and other public safety and homeland security occupations, the grant would allow SCF to work with community partners including Suncoast Workforce and protective agencies and technical institutes in Manatee and Sarasota counties to deliver short-term training programs for unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers in public safety and homeland security fields. If funded, SCF would receive $791,825 of the $24.9 million grant.

The board approved college rules regarding intellectual property, contracts and ethics for public officers/conflicts of interest/removal from office.

In her remarks, Probstfeld announced that SCF alumna Emily Colon had been named a Gubernatorial Fellow by Gov. Rick Scott and had written a thank you note to Probstfeld recognizing the contributions SCF had made to her success.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at SCF Lakewood Ranch.


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