Nine Semi-Finalists for Polk State College President

Posted on by Polk Newsroom

The 22-member Polk State College President Screening Committee met April 17 to reduce the list to 9 semi-finalists vying for the opportunity to be the fifth president of Polk State College. Semi-finalists will be invited to submit videos for further consideration in the process. The semi-finalists are:

  • Jay Allen, President/CEO, Hopkinsville Community College
  • Edward Bonahue, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Santa Fe College
  • Angela M. Garcia Falconetti, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Virginia Western Community College
  • Kevin D. Gordon, Provost – Downtown/Midtown/Palladium, St. Petersburg College
  • Ian Phillip Neuhard, Campus President for South Campus, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Carmen M. Simone, President, Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad and Alamosa, CO
  • Jean A. Wihbey, Vice President – Workforce Development/Provost, Palm Beach State College
  • Tonjua Williams, Senior Vice President Student Services, St. Petersburg College
  • Allen Witt, President SouthShore Campus, Hillsborough Community College

The committee will meet again May 1 to reduce the list of candidates to approximately 5 finalists for consideration by the Polk State College District Board of Trustees. Finalists will be introduced to College stakeholders and community members and will be interviewed by Trustees.

Updates regarding the search process are posted to the College’s Presidential search webpage:

Located in Winter Haven, FL and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.