FSU Committee Searches for New President

TALLAHASSEE-- The new consultant, helping Florida State University find a new president, will be in Tallahassee next week to get feedback on the search.

Alberto Pimentel is scheduling a series of open forums next Tuesday and Wednesday, and he's likely to get an earful.

"With the search being reset, it offers the opportunity to re-establish the importance of encouraging candidates with strong academic credentials," FSU Sociology Professor Irene Padavic said.

"In order to truly reset this search, we need more students, especially graduate students and faculty on this search committee," FSU Graduate Assistant Kerr Ballenger said.

Those comments are just a small sample of what the FSU Presidential Search Committee heard.

Now the group's consultant, Storbeck-Pimentel, will get feedback.

Tuesday in Room 208 of the Turnbull Conference Center, the consultants will conduct an open forum with FSU staff from 1:00 to 2:30.

Students will have their chance from 2:30 to 4:00, and from 4:00 to 5:00 an open forum will be held for the community including business leaders and other campus stakeholders.

On Wednesday in Turnbull 108, a forum for faculty will be held from 9:45 to 11:15.

Lead Consultant Alberto Pimentel told search committee members by phone his search philosophy.

"The focus for this particular search needs to be on the strength and quality of Florida State University," he said.

The committee also set a September 2nd application deadline.

On the 5th, the committee will select finalists. On the 8th and 9th initial interviews will be conducted.

Extensive on-campus candidate interviews are scheduled for the 15th through the 18th. On the 19th, campus feedback is due.

"I'm looking forward to being able to interview three or four people to recommend to the Board of Trustees," Al Lawson, the president of the FSU search committee, said.

Pimentel told search committee members today that he plans to speak to the top current applicants to see if they're still interested in the job.

The committee believes it can have someone hired by early fall.