Update on Organizational Structure and Campus President Searches

Friday, February 26, 2021

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Last month in my Provost Update, I asked for feedback on our organizational structure and the timing of our campus president searches. I’m so thankful that many of you participated in the Town Halls or shared your input personally with me. Overall, I heard lots of enthusiasm and interest in spending time to collaboratively design campus leadership roles for the future to best support our work. I did not hear a sense of urgency to conduct campus president searches this spring; rather, I heard gratitude for the talented interim leaders we currently have in place and accolades for their ability to create a sense of stability during these uncertain times.

So, while we will not conduct campus president searches this spring, I want to make sure that the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses are in good hands prior to my transition to the role of college president. Later today in my collegewide Provost Update, I will be requesting a letter of interest from any employee who would like to explore the possibility of serving as interim president of the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses. I imagine that our new interim leader would start around the beginning of April. While you might wonder why I simply don’t appoint someone to the interim role, I am confident that there is a great deal of talent within the organization and I am interested in knowing who might aspire to serve in a campus leadership role. By appointing someone without a process, I fear I would miss an opportunity to identify emerging leaders within the college.

The Campus Concentrate was delivered a bit earlier than usual today because I wanted you to hear this news from me via our campus communication vehicle prior to the message being delivered collegewide. It feels bittersweet to reach the proverbial “end of the road” as your campus president, but I am most certainly looking forward to continuing to serve the College, our students, and our community in my new role. And, please know how much care I will exercise in finding just the right leader for the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses for the future.

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