A diverse group of Jacksonville college students, business
executives and educators will meet tomorrow for the first time
to consider how to select the next president of the University
of North Florida.
The 32-member committee will decide which candidates should
receive initial interviews and advise the Florida Board of
Regents selection committee on the strengths of particular
The regents hope to choose a successor to former president Adam
Herbert on June 12. This month, the regents hired E.K. Fretwell
Jr., chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte, to lead the university while the search proceeds.
Herbert, now chancellor of the state university system, said
last week he expects to receive at least 150 applications for
the presidency, with applications due April 10.
He will whittle that group to a list of 25 to 40 candidates,
whose names will be sent to the campus-based advisory committee.
That committee, led by history professor David Courtwright, will
choose 10 to 12 candidates for one-hour interviews, then forward
a report on the top applicants to the selection committee.
"The primary mission of the search advisory committee is to
make that cut," said Courtwright, who last led a search for a
vice president of academic affairs at UNF.
Herbert, the selection committee and the advisory committee
will narrow the list of candidates to about five in late May.
They will be brought back to Jacksonville for further interviews
with both committees, while Herbert and his staff visit the
campuses where they work.
After the interviews and campus visits, Herbert will make a
recommendation to the regents June 12. They are expected to make
a decision that day.
Times-Union staff writer Jim Saunders contributed to this
UNF SEARCH COMMITTEES
The following groups will look at applicants for president of
the University of North Florida:
Board of Regents Selection Committee
Gwendolyn McLin, chairwoman, Okahumpka
Julian Bennett Jr., Panama City
Frank Brogan, education commissioner
C.B. Daniel Jr., Gainesville
J.R. Harding, student, Tallahassee
Tom Petway, former regent, Jacksonville
Dennis M. …