FGCU president search down to one finalist, former dean Robert Gregerson

An aerial view of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers
An aerial view of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers

Florida Gulf Coast University is down to one candidate in the search for a successor to retiring President Mike Martin, after two finalists dropped out in the past week.

Robert Gregerson, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and a former dean of FGCU’s College of Arts and Sciences, will be the only finalist considered by the school’s Board of Trustees during a meeting Thursday.

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FGCU on Monday announced that State University of New York Polytechnic Institute President Tod Laursen dropped his bid.

Robert G Gregerson
Robert G Gregerson

A post on the FGCU website said Laursen withdrew because he “finalized another opportunity that is a better fit for him and his family.”

Susana Rivera-Mills, provost and executive vice president at Ball State University, withdrew her candidacy Tuesday. FGCU said in a web post that Rivera-Mills decided to stay at Ball State.

The decisions by Laursen and Rivera-Mills came after FGCU trustees this month delayed the selection of a president.

It also came after the University of Florida had a sole finalist for its presidency, Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Sasse was confirmed as UF president last week.

Under a controversial new state law, universities can perform presidential searches largely in secret and only are required to disclose the names of finalists at the end of searches.

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: FGCU board will consider Robert Gregerson to succeed President Mike Martin