Daytona State College begins search for its next president
Daytona Beach News-Journal
December 9, 2010
Daytona State College board members are moving forward with a search for a new president while also seeking a more detailed audit of funding the college provided to the American Music Festival.
The board heard Tuesday from former Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell, whom the board approved to head a search committee. Wetherell, also a former vice president at Daytona State College, interim college President Frank Lombardo and board Vice Chairwoman Christina Frederick-Recascino plan to work together to select a firm that will identify job candidates.
A search committee of about 20 people, including faculty, staff, students and community leaders will weed through the applicants. Wetherell, Lombardo and board Chairman John Tanner will make recommendations to the board in January on who should serve on the committee.
The college on Nov. 18 approved a retirement and separation agreement for Kent Sharples, president of the college since July 1999, after conflicts with some board members over more than $1.4 million the college provided for the American Music Festival over Labor Day weekend, and also concerns over a derailed student housing project.
Wetherell told the board he envisions the college selecting a new president in April, May or June and that person being on board at least by the start of school next fall if not sooner. A search could cost about $40,000 as well as additional expenses to bring candidates to the area.