Search committee to name a president soon

The USF community will be able to ask questions and interact with the final USF presidential candidates as they tour the campuses March 21. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

The search for USF’s eighth president may be nearing its end as the Board of Trustees (BOT) plans to name one of the candidates to the position by the end of the month.

Interim President Rhea Law and retired U.S. Army Lt. General Jeffrey Talley will visit each campus March 21 and speak to the community about their platforms and answer questions from participants.

These visits will give those in attendance a chance to ask the candidates questions and interact with them in a more personalized manner, according to a universitywide email sent by Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Mike Griffin on Tuesday.

Both candidates will speak for one hour at each location and rotate campuses throughout the day. Visits will start at 9 a.m.

Law will begin in the Selby Auditorium at the Sarasota-Manatee campus while Talley will start his visits on the Tampa campus at Traditions Hall in the Gibbons Alumni Center, according to the email.

From there, Law will be at the University Student Center Ballroom on the St. Pete campus at 11 a.m., and finish her visits on the Tampa campus at 2 p.m. Talley will visit the Sarasota-Manatee campus second and finish at the St. Pete campus.

Those attending are encouraged to submit questions to the USF Presidential Search website ahead of time, according to the email.

Participants are also encouraged to share their feedback to the website after each visit. The BOT will examine the feedback before interviewing the candidates March 22 at 9 a.m., according to the email.

The BOT will take into account feedback from these visits as well as each candidate’s performance during the interviews before making a decision. The Board of Governors will then confirm the BOT’s appointment at its next meeting on March 29.