A Leader for New College's Future

By Williams, Lee | Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 11, 2012 | Go to article overview

A Leader for New College's Future


Williams, Lee, Sarasota Herald Tribune


PRESIDENTIAL PICK: Donal O'Shea, mathematician and Mount Holyoke deanSARASOTAThe next president of New College of Florida will be Donal O'Shea, a world-renowned mathematician who is currently the dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, the oldest women's college in the world.The Board of Trustees for New College of Florida unanimously approved O'Shea's appointment Saturday morning.The board's decision must still be ratified by the Florida Board of Governors during its meeting in Jacksonville on March 22. The Board of Governors has never failed to ratify a presidential pick.While a family emergency kept O'Shea from Saturday's meeting, praise for him was effusive.Stephen Miles, New College's provost and vice president for academic affairs, who met with O'Shea for hours during the interview process, said he could see how the new president learns from every conversation and engages in the creative process."He enjoys not only thinking, but thinking with others. That will be a key element of his success," Miles said. "He has an insight into institutional structure. He sees systems -- a particular gift."Board of Trustees chairman Robert M. Johnson said O'Shea, who will start July 1, is a proven fundraiser with extensive international contacts."He is a great collaborator," Johnson said. "He is a world-renowned mathematician."O'Shea, 59, will become the college's fifth president, replacing Dr. Gordon E. Michalson Jr., who has served as president of New College since 2001, when the college gained independence within the state university system. …

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