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Oversight board plans for a speedy university chancellor search


The search committee tasked with selecting a new university system chancellor unanimously agreed on a timeline and job description during a brief meeting today.

Committee members are hoping to save money and still find a good candidate by handling the search process themselves. If the right applicant doesn't surface by December, the committee would then consider hiring a search firm to aide the process.

With the timeline now in place, a cancellor could be selected by the full Board of Governors as early as Nov. 21 but no later than June 19, 2014. Either way, it would be before the November gubernatorial election where incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott could face former Gov. Charlie Crist if Crist decides to run as a Democrat.

The chancellor job description puts a premium on finding someone with leadership experience and who knows how to navigate the political process. The new university system leader will replace outgoing Chancellor Frank Brogan, who steps down at the end of the month to take a similar job in Pennsylvania.

"The winning candidate will be a proven leader with executive-level experience in education, government, business or non-profit setting," the description reads. "A track record of involvement in complex higher educational and political environments is essential to effectively serve the Board of Governors as the system continues on a path toward greater coordination, collaboration and prominence."

The search committee will spend about $5,000 advertising for the job in various higher education publications. Members also will spread the word among Florida's business leaders in hopes that someone from the education, business or government sectors will decide to apply. The initial application deadline is Oct. 31.

Click here to read the timeline, job description and advertisement plan approved by the search committee.