New College launches search for new president in year of challenges

From Sarasota Herald Tribune, November 16, 2020
New College of Florida is on the search for a new leader.  

In October, President Donal O’Shea announced he would retire at the end of this school year, and the Board of Trustees has begun the search for his replacement. If everything goes according to the plan, the new university president will begin on July 1, 2021.  

It won’t be an easy job for whoever takes O’Shea’s place. 

Last year, New College survived a legislative effort to strip the school of its independent status and turn it into a satellite campus of the University of Florida. And enrollment at the state’s smallest university has fallen every year since 2016, despite lawmakers allocating millions of dollars in an ambitious plan to double the number of students enrolled.

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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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