- The Florida State University System began its search for a new Chancellor on Wednesday
- Michael Criser, the current Chancellor, has announced he will step down when his contract expires at the end of the calendar year
- Criser presided over increased research funding, improved student retention rates and a surge in four-year graduation rates
The Chancellor Search Committee of the Board of Governors of the Florida State University System met Tuesday evening to approve the job description and advertising plan, as well as to plan the next steps for the selection of his next chancellor. The chancellor is the chief executive of the State University System of Florida (SUSF), the nation’s second-largest university system, which includes Florida’s twelve public universities and serves more than 430,000 students, with revenue of $14.3 billion. dollars.
The board is responsible for replacing Marshal Criser, who announced in late June that he would step down when his contract expired at the end of the calendar year. Criser has served as chancellor since 2014 and has overseen an increase in state appropriations for operations of $1.258 billion (29%), a four-year graduation rate increase to 59.3% (a 17% increase ) and an increase in research spending of $358 million, representing an economic impact of $7 billion.
“Marshall Criser is a leader among leaders, and we are extremely grateful for his dedication to improving our university community and, ultimately, our students,” said Brian Lamb, Chairman of the Board of Governors. “This committee will thoroughly research and ultimately recommend a highly qualified candidate to the Board of Governors who will build on Chancellor Criser’s excellent work and cement our status as the nation’s premier state for higher education.”
The Chancellor’s role includes responsibilities including, but not limited to, regular interaction with university boards and presidents, the Florida Legislature, and the Executive Office of the Governor on matters of critical importance for the Florida State University System.
The application process is considered open at this time and allows all applications to be reviewed by system leaders. Based on the job description summaries, an ideal candidate would have good business acumen relevant to the education sector while possessing strong relationships with state legislators and leaders.
“The selected candidate will be a proven leader with executive-level experience in education, government, business, or nonprofit organizations. A track record of involvement in complex higher education and political environments is essential for serve the Board of Governors effectively as the system continues on a path of greater coordination, collaboration and significance,” the Board said.
The twelve schools in the University System include: Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Florida North, University of South Florida and University of West Florida.