UF President Search Underway With Lofty Goals.

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    Tuesday 5.13.2013 The Lakeland Ledger.
    By Jeff Schweers, Halifax Media Services.


    >> UF President Search Underway With Lofty Goals.


    Gainesville. | The next President of the University of Florida must be energetic, enthusiastic and dynamic, a top-notch academician and a skilled administrator willing to put in 10 years running the State's flagship university while pushing it into Top 10 National status.

    He or she must also manage a $4.6 Billion budget, deal with a diverse faculty of 5,000 - many of whom are not happy with the pay and lack of resources - and negotiate with 4,000 underpaid Graduate Assistants, while figuring out how to fix 100 buildings over 50 years old in dire need of repairs.

    Finding such a person who meets all these qualifications isn't going to be easy, said Steven M. Scott, a medical doctor and CEO of a health care company, who will the group of 18 people whose job it is to "find who we believe is absolutely the best candidate to lead the University of Florida for the next 10 years."

    And that search must be conducted in the open, according to the State's Sunshine Law - which some members and search consultants have criticized as limiting the applicant pool of candidates who don't want their current bosses to know they are interested.

    David Brown, UF Board of Trustees Chairman, has promised a transparent search process, and Scott said he doesn't think the Sunshine Law will have a negative effect on attracting excellent applicants.

    "We hope to find 10 dynamos we think could do the job," Scott said.

    They have until the end of the year to find a replacement for Pres. Bernie Machen, the 11th President of UF. Machen has said he us retiring by Dec. 31 - a full two years after he originally planned to retire. Gov. Rick Scott and Brown persuaded him to stay.

    A lot has changed since the last search to replace Machen, when the University was faced with legislative cutbacks and nationwide competition from other universities seeking a top administrator.

    Between 2007 and 2012' UF saw it's State funding cut by $229 Million, or 33 percent, with tuition increase closing the gap by $145 Million.

    Florida's economy has since rebounded, giving lawmakers a surplus of revenue with which restore hundred of millions in funding cuts to the State University System made during those five years if economic downturn.

    The Legislature used some of that surplus to establish pre-eminence funding for State Universities. Only UF and FSU met enough of the criteria needed to receive the pre-eminence funding which was $15 Million last year.

    This year the Legislature raised the pre-eminence funding for both schools by another $5 Million. UF is using that money to hire more faculty to boost it's image as a research institution. <<

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    I agree with the concerns of those that think the Sunshine Law will make this process difficult. They are looking to interview 10 candidates. So if a good candidate, a university president or chancellor etc at another institution, may not want his name made public. His present boss may not be happy about it! And if he doesn't get the UF President position, it my not be comfortable for him to return his present position at the other institution.
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    It doesn't always work that way in higher education, Ray. Any administrator at the highest level would almost be expected to consider candidacy for the UF job. Who is a major university president's boss anyway? The BOR? They are not going to fault a prez/chancellor for applying for the UF gig.
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    Is Bernie leaving again?
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    Alright I'll do it.
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    Why is there even a search......

    TIM TEBOW for President!

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    Bob costas..I nominate bob costas. If not for UF president, he should be the new mlb commish.
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    So says Steve Masiello......
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    We need a legend. Or a leader. Anyone know what Tressel is up to these days?
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    No mention of an indoor practice facility?

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    I don't think anybody's qualified.
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    Mitt Romney?

    Doesn't seem like he's doing much these days....

    Just say'n...
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    They've got to get tuition up. They can either raise in-state tuition or start letting more out of state applicants in. I'd heard for a while that we were losing professors, but I hadn't heard about any specifics until recently. In the last few months I've personally met two academicians who have recently left UF. One was an architecture prof who moved here without a job, saying he would do freelance architecture until he found a full time teaching gig. He was already on his third interview at IIT. Met a young man at my gym whose father was the head of rehabilitative medicine at Shands and a dean at the medical school. He was at UF for almost 20 years. He's now at the Rehab Institute of Chicago and teaching at Northwestern.
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    they DON'T need to get tuition up. Tuition is up like 160% over inflation. Did you see the multi BILLION dollar yearly budget? They could easily double teacher's salaries by looking into the administration budget......but they won't do that, they will charge more $$$ to poor college kids that will be converted into loans...
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    Which teachers' salaries could easily be doubled? K-12 or higher ed, either way, could not easily be doubled. Tuition rates are not related to K-12. Florida is still one of the lowest tuition states. Higher ed tuition costs are skyrocketing throughout the nation. FL is way behind. You are correct that there is a trend of higher spending on administration/staffer positions in colleges, but I do not know the budget realities at UF right now.
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    I received this info from the. UF Alumni Assocition.

    Committee Chairman:
    Dr. Steven M. Scott, founder of Vista HeathPlan, a nationwide HMO.

    UF Board of Trustee Representatives:
    Ms. Susan M. Cameron, UF Trustee.
    Mr. James W. (Bill) Heavener, UF Trustee.
    Ms. Carolyn K. Roberts, UF Trustee.
    Mr. David M. Thomas, UF Trustee.

    Faculty/Faculty Senate/Academic Administration Representatives:
    Dr. Cammy R. Abernathy, Dean. UF College if Engineering.
    Dr. Paul J. D'Anieri, Dean, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
    Dr. David S. Guzick, UF Senior VP for Health Affairs/President UF Health.
    Dr. Mark W. Heft, UF Professor/Program Director, College if Denistry.
    Dr. Harry F. Klee, UF Eminent Scholar, Agricultural-Horticultural Sciences.
    Dr. David P. Norton, UF VP for Research.
    Dr. Jack M. Payne, UF Senior VP for Agriculture and Natural Sciences.
    Dr. Richard A. Yost, UF Professor, Chemistry.

    Student Representative:
    Miss Christina A. Bonarrigo, Immediate Past President, UF Student Body.

    Alumni/Donors/Athletics Representatives:
    Mr. Keith T. Koenig, Life Member, University of Florida Foundation.
    Miss Susan M. Norris, President UF Alumni Association.
    Miss Lynda V. Tealer, Executive Associate AD, University Athletic Association.

    Florida Board of Governors Representative:
    Mr. Thomas G. Kuntz, Vice Chairman, Florida Board of Governors.

    Advisers:
    Mr. Carlos J. Alonso, Vice Chairman, Florida Board of Governors Advisory Board/ Institute of Online Learning and Former Chairman, UF Board of Trustees.
    Mr. Manny A. Fernandez, Former Chairman, UF Board of Trustees.
    Mr. Jeremy N. Foley, UF AD.
    Mr. Morteza (Mori) Hosseni, Chairman, Florida Board of Governors.
    Retired Gen. David E. Kratzer, UF VP of Student Affairs.
    Dr. J. Bernard J. Machen, UF President.
    Dr. Winfred M. Phillips, Don and Ruth Eckis Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Former UF Senior VP, Vice President for Research, and Dean of the College of Engineering.
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    Glad to see we're not conducting a "search" like they are in Clown Town. The complaint there is that Thrasher already has the job so they are not getting quality candidates. Or, maybe it's the school that is preventing them from getting quality candidates.

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