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Forum staff reports , Published November 08 2013

NDSU provost among finalists to lead Florida system

FARGO – North Dakota State University Provost Bruce Rafert is one of four finalists to be the next chancellor of the State University System of Florida, according to an announcement from the Florida system.

About six weeks ago, Rafert said he would step down as NDSU provost in order to join the faculty and continue his research at NDSU. Rafert has held the provost position – the second-in-command behind the school’s president – for a little more than two years.

He is being considered with three others to lead the university system in Florida, which consisted of 12 public schools.

Rafert has connections to Florida as an alumnus of the University of Florida, part of the system, and former professor at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Rafert declined requests for a Forum interview Friday.

He is expected to carry out duties as provost through the 2013-14 school year.

Rafert and the other candidates for the Florida chancellor position will have interviews with the search committee on Tuesday. Candidates selected to move forward after in-person interviews will be invited to meet with the full board of governors on Nov. 20 and 21 at Florida International University.

The other candidates are:

- Marshall Criser III, president of AT&T Florida and chairman of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Council.

- Mark Drummond, former chief operating officer and provost of Higher Colleges of Technology – a college system in the United Arab Emirates.

- Jim Purcell, commissioner of the Louisiana board of regents.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Cali Owings at (701) 241-5599