Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau has been named as a finalist for another job in Florida.
Bioteau is one of two people being considered for the presidency at Florida State College at Jacksonville, according to a report in The Florida Times-Union.
Bioteau came to SLCC in 2005, where she has overseen an expansion of the school’s services for veterans, record enrollment increases coupled with cuts in public funding and controversy over the closure of the school’s cosmetology program. Prior to becoming the seventh president of the state’s largest community college, she served as vice president for instruction and chief academic officer for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C.
This isn’t the first time Bioteau has set her sights on Florida. In 2008, she was named as one of four finalists for the top job at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla., near Tampa.
Though she said the prospect of a job near where she and her husband planned to retire was attractive, she later withdrew her name, saying she still had "a lot to do in Salt Lake City."
Florida State College trustees plan to choose a successor to former President Steve Wallace on Oct. 8. Wallace stepped down last year amid a state investigation into allegations that he took unauthorized leave, illegally accepted trips, and failed to control his employees’ spending, according to the Times-Union.
The position would come with a substantial raise. The Times-Union reports the presidential salary at Florida State College is $328,243, while the top post at SLCC pays $200,963 this year.
"It comes as no surprise to us that the president would end up as a finalist," said SLCC spokesman Joy Tlou. Bioteau informed faculty and staff that she was in the running for the job at the end of August. "She’s eminently qualified to any position of leadership in the country."
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