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Seminole State College Board of Trustees Names Search Firm and Committee for Next President

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Seminole State College's Board of Trustees has hired AGB Search to assist with the search for the third president.


SANFORD, Fla.(Nov. 7, 2017) – Seminole State College’s Board of Trustees has hired AGB Search to assist with the search for the third president. As Seminole State begins the search for its next president, members of the College community, partners and the community at large are welcome to follow the process. The calendar is an estimated timeline for the president search. The timeline will be updated throughout the search process.

The search committee is led by committee chair Rick Lee, former trustee, Seminole State College and current president, Citizens Bank of Florida. Also on the committee is the current Chair of the District Board of Trustees, Wendy Brandon, CEO of Central Florida Regional Hospital; plus representatives from administration, faculty, staff, students and the community. Full details regarding the search firm, search committee and timeline may be found online at www.seminolestate.edu/president-search.

AGB offers a wealth of experience and specializes in all aspects of executive searches for higher education. AGB will provide an array of resources for the search, including two highly experienced search consultants to navigate the process and a professional research associate to support these consultants and the search committee. The firm will also work closely with the Board of Trustees, the search committee and other key stakeholders in preparing for, and implementing the search, developing a search profile and advertisement for the position. AGB will also facilitate national advertising, coordinate interviews, vet candidates and help plan the transition once a new president is selected.

In August 2017, Dr. E. Ann McGee announced that she will be stepping down as president of Seminole State College of Florida effective July 31, 2018. Dr. McGee has been president of the College since 1996 and is only the second president in the College’s 52-year history.

Over the last 21 years, under Dr. McGee’s leadership, Seminole State has grown from a single-campus community college into a dynamic state educational institution with four campuses and almost 30,000 students annually. Today, Seminole State is the ninth largest employer in Seminole County and the ninth largest of the 28 institutions in the Florida College System with a budget of over $84 million. The College offers 200 degrees and programs ranging from industry certificates and Associate degrees to seven Bachelor’s degrees. The College has also partnered with IPAG Business School in France to bring international master’s degrees to students in Central Florida.

In January 2018, the College starts classes for its newest Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) and opens its new 77,000 square foot, $25 million Student Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, providing a one-stop shop for students to access a range of services from admissions and financial aid to support services, and a place to relax, dine and play. Both achievements would not have been possible without Dr. McGee’s leadership and influence.

Dr. McGee, who is herself a community college graduate from St. Petersburg College, has received numerous accolades during her 46-year career as an educator, administrator and civic champion. In 2013, she was awarded the James B. Greene Economic Development Award from the Orlando Economic Partnership for contributions to the nation’s economic growth. In 2015, she received the District III Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Leadership Legend Award from Leadership Seminole.

In 2016, Dr. McGee was named Hispanic Community Champion, by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera for services to the Hispanic community. She just completed three years as Chair of the Heart of Florida United Way, and has served on the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges, Florida College System Council of Presidents, the Higher Education Research & Development Institute and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

Under the terms of her contract, approved by the College’s District Board of Trustees earlier this year, Dr. McGee will transition to a new role, President Emerita, on Aug. 1, 2018.

About Seminole State College of Florida:

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida and online. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor’s degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

Media contacts:

Laura Richeson, Richeson Communications, 407.616.8108, laura@richesoncommunications.com

Kimberly Allen, Interim Manager, PR/Media Relations, Seminole State College, 407.708.2272, allenk@seminolestate.edu


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