Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FCCJ Interviews Candidates Again Presidential Vote May Come May 6

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FCCJ Interviews Candidates Again Presidential Vote May Come May 6

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For psychology professor Tessie Bond, the key words used by FCCJ

presidential candidate Steven Wallace were "learn" and "listen."

Bond, vice president of the faculty senate at Florida Community

College at Jacksonville, listened intently yesterday as Wallace

fielded questions for an hour from seven of eight FCCJ trustees.

"I thought he did very well," Bond said afterward. "I like the

fact he said he would come in and learn and listen."

Wallace laid out his plan for his first three years as

president, described his leadership style and said he felt

comfortable making the transition from the small Minnesota

community college he now heads to FCCJ.

"It'll be a stretch at times," he said. "I don't come in here

assuming I know everything I need to know."

It was Wallace's third trip to Jacksonville in less than a year

as he seeks the presidency of the 92,000-student community

college. He is president of Inver Hills Community College, a

school of 12,000 students in a St. Paul suburb.

Trustees deadlocked 4-4 in March in two attempts to choose a

president, tying between Wallace and Charles Green, former

chancellor at Houston Community College System and now an

education consultant.

So the trustees invited both finalists back for another round

of interviews. In addition to the hour-long group interview,

Wallace had dinner with trustees and met with five in one-on-one

interviews.

Green is scheduled to visit the campus next week.

Trustee Connie Hufstetler said trustees should be ready for

another vote on the president at their May 6 board meeting. …

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