Ivy Tech chief won’t pursue Florida job-WEB ONLY

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Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder, who yesterday was named one of four remaining candidates for the position of chancellor of the State University System of Florida, has withdrawn his name from consideration, he announced today.

“I have made the decision to decline the invitation to be one of the four finalists for the Chancellor of the State University System of Florida,” Snyder said in a prepared statement. “I am certainly honored to be considered for such a prestigious position and believe it is truly a reflection of the work that has been done by so many people involved with Ivy Tech Community College.”

The State University System oversees Florida’s 11 public universities. The frontrunner to lead it is thought to be former Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, who served under former Gov. Jeb Bush. Brogan currently is president of Florida Atlantic University.

Snyder was on a list of 13 candidates that was trimmed to four by a search committee yesterday. The finalists are scheduled to be interviewed for the job on Friday. A recommendation from the committee and an appointment by the system’s Board of Governors is expected to be made the same day.

Brogan and Snyder were named finalists along with Roderick Chu, former chancellor for the Ohio state university system, and Florida State University associate professor Steve MacNamara, who served as former Florida House Speaker John Thrasher’s chief of staff.

“This is a critical time for Indiana,” Snyder said of his decision to stay at Ivy Tech. “My roots are here – initially with technology and energy-related efforts – and now at Ivy Tech. I continue to be dedicated to leading the nation’s largest statewide community college.”

Snyder became Ivy Tech’s president in March 2007. Prior to his apointment, the Anderson native spent six years in the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant and 20 years at Anderson-based auto-parts maker Remy International Inc., where he ascended to CEO.

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