UCF Board of Trustees and presidential search committee chair Beverly Seay selected search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to help find the university’s next president at a special BOT teleconference meeting on Nov. 6.
The decision followed the first presidential search committee meeting on Nov. 5, where five search firms gave presentations regarding their qualifications.
At the end of the meeting, each of the 15 search committee members shared their top three firm choices.
“The main thing [for the firm we choose] is to really understand our university and all of the wonderful things that we have going on here — the students, the faculty, the research, the community involvement and diversity,” Seay said following the Nov. 5 meeting.
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates was chosen over Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. and R. William Funk & Associates.
During the Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates presentation, the firm’s co-founder Alberto Pimentel said that UCF is a “baby with a heck of a lot of strength.”
“The idea that using [UCF]’s size as a way to promote excellence and to have impact — that is going to sell well with potential candidates,” Pimentel said. “The fact that [UCF] is focused on the quality, not just size, is what’s going to help.”
Pimentel also alluded that since UCF is a relatively young university, they can be more flexible with choosing candidates.
Since Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates was founded in 2007, the firm has led over 200 searches at the president/chancellor level.
The firm has recently helped other Florida universities find their leaders, including the presidents of Rollins College and Florida State University.
According to the Nov. 6 meeting documents, the maximum cost of the search — not including direct fees — will be approximately $151,200. Pimentel, Managing Partner, and Will Gates, Partner, will co-lead and be responsible for all aspects of the search.
The next step for UCF’s presidential search includes listening sessions, led by presidential search committee members with diverse backgrounds, to hear which qualities the UCF community want to see in a president.
The sessions, which will take place at several UCF campuses, are meant to seek input from the UCF community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. There will also be opportunities for online feedback to decide what qualities the community desires in UCF’s new leader.
UCF’s next president is anticipated to be chosen in spring 2020 and begin in summer 2020.