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State University System of Florida Chancellor Search Committee Recommends Ray Rodrigues

TALLAHASSEE – Today, the Board of Governors’ chancellor search committee unanimously recommended Mr. Ray Rodrigues to serve as the next chief executive officer for the State University System of Florida. 

The search committee began its work on July 12 by approving the position description and advertising plan and deciding on the next steps in the process.  After the application period closed on August 12, the committee met on August 17 and selected two finalists for interviews, Dr. Lori Cromwell and Mr. Ray Rodrigues. Today, the committee interviewed both finalists and ultimately unanimously recommended Mr. Rodrigues to advance to the full board for its consideration at the next meeting on September 14, 2022, at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

“I am gratified that we had two highly qualified candidates to engage with today. The conversation was robust, the candidates well prepared,” said Brian Lamb, chair of the Board of Governors.  “I am excited to advance Mr. Rodrigues to the next phase of this process.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Florida’s higher education system that I believe will serve our students, faculty, staff, and institutions well.”

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