University of West Florida Board of Trustees
Friday, May 24, 2002
Conference call immediately following
Trustee Search Committee

Action item

1. Select university president

Agenda item: 1

UWF Board of Trustees
May 24, 2002

Issue: UWF presidency

Proposed action: Vote on recommendation from the Trustee Search Committee

Background information:

The presidential selection process approved by the University of West Florida Board of Trustees charges the Trustee Search Committee (TSC) with making a recommendation to the full Board. The TSC received three presidential finalists from the 38-member Search Advisory Committee, comprised of university and community representatives. One candidate subsequently withdrew. The TSC interviewed the final two candidates: Dr. John Cavanaugh, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina; and Dr. David Eisler, provost at Weber State University in Utah. Both candidates spent two days on UWF campuses, meeting with students, faculty, staff and community members. All participants had opportunity to submit their comments to the TSC. The TSC also arranged for reference checks. A criminal background check and credit report also were conducted.

The Board of Trustees decision on the presidential appointment is then sent to the Florida Board of Education for ratification.


Supporting documentation: None

Prepared by: Keith Goldschmidt