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Rep. Tommy Gregory Named Next President of SCF


BRADENTON — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s District Board of Trustees has announced that Republican Florida House Rep. Tommy Gregory will be the school's next president following Dr. Carol Probstfeld's impending retirement.

“We are very grateful for the hard work of the volunteer search committee, consultant Myers McRae, the College community, and all stakeholders who took the time to interview the candidates and provide their feedback,” said SCF District Board of Trustees Chairman Rod Thomson. “We valued everyone’s input and found all the candidates highly qualified and selected Tommy, as we believe him to be the best fit to lead SCF into the future.”

The announcement follows a six-month national search led by higher education executive search firm Myers McRae. A search committee of six members, including SCF faculty, staff, a trustee, and two community members, interviewed candidates via video conference before recommending three finalists to proceed to the next phase. Community forums were conducted in March at SCF’s Bradenton and Venice campuses. Online and in-person interviews with the trustees were held on Friday with the three finalists.

“The college has great momentum to continue its successful path forward,” said Dr. Probstfeld. “I look forward to working with Tommy as I transition to retirement and to helping the college community prepare to welcome the new president.”

Gregory is a retired Air Force officer who was deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently a commercial litigation attorney in Sarasota and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the Florida House of Representatives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Air Force Academy and a law degree from the University of Texas. 

The school intends for Gregory to start on July 1, following the finalization of his contract.


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  • David Daniels

    He voted to end the ethics Commission. He voted for every single one of DeSantis' book banning bills, many of which have been ruled unconstitutional. He voted for a younger age to buy guns. And open carry them. He voted to keep the consumer harming car dealer protections that give us the idiotic way we have to buy cars from dealers. Do you know anyone that likes buying a car? His votes resultedin LGBT kids being afraid to go to school.

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