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Florida State College at Jacksonville board selects Dr. Cynthia Bioteau as new president

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida State College at Jacksonville board on Tuesday named the school's next president.

Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, the current president of Salt Lake Community College in Utah, was selected to be the new president of FSCJ.

She is expected to begin at FSCJ in January and her salary still needs to be negotiated, which will be finalized and voted on at the Nov. 12 board meeting. Current Interim President Dr. Willis Holcombe makes $175,000 in annual salary.

Bioteau was one of two finalists for the job, along with Dr. Garrett Hinshaw from Catawba Valley Community College. The original pool included 26 candidates.

"We are just so enthusiastic about what this college will do in the next decade and years to come," said Chair Jim Mayo in an FSCJ release.

Selecting Bioteau comes after former President Steven Wallace left the school at the end of 2012. In October, the FSCJ Board of Trustees signed off on Wallace's proposal that he serve as president to the end of 2012. His contract was canceled.

In December 2012, Holcombe was named the interim president of FSCJ by the district board of trustees.

The college had drawn the attention of Gov. Rick Scott. Scott encouraged the board to do a review of leadership at the school.

An outside study identified numerous problems, including travel and leadership structure. In June 2012, Wallace and District Board of Trustees Chairman Jim McCollum announced that an audit showed too many financial aid appeals were granted without proper documentation, costing the school $2.5 million.

Dr. Karen Morian is the faculty union president who said Tuesday that the naming of a new college president comes at a time when pressing issues have to be addressed.

"There has been some moral damage done, certainly, and of course getting us way behind on faculty salaries has been damaging," said Morian, who noted faculty pay is several thousand dollars lower than the state average.

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