3.2.1 CEO Evaluation/Selection

Comprehensive Standard 3.2.1: CEO Evaluation/Selection

The governing board of the institution is responsible for the selection and periodic evaluation of the chief executive officer.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Focused Report Response

Below are links to evaluations of the Regional Chancellors conducted by the USF System President. Note that the President did not conduct a Chancellor’s evaluation in 2013-14, because Dr. Arthur Guilford retired in 2014 and an interim Chancellor assumed the role for five months, including the summer when the President conducts the annual evaluations. Dr. Sandra Stone started as Chancellor on November 1, 2014.

Chancellor’s Evaluation 2014-15 – Signatures p. 14

Interim Chancellor Served from June to October 2014 – no evaluation

Chancellor’s Evaluation 2012-13 – Signatures p. 9

Chancellor’s Evaluation 2011-12 – Signatures p. 12

Chancellor’s Evaluation 2010-11 – Signatures p. 11

Off-Site Committee Report – Non-Compliance

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees has given the President of the USF System the authority to select, appoint and evaluate the Regional Chancellor (Board of Trustees Resolution, December 16, 2010).

Documentation of the University Regional Chancellor’s evaluation was not provided for the current or former Regional Chancellor.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s original submission narrative is shown below.  

Compliance Partial Compliance Non-compliance


According to Florida Statute 1004.34(3), “The University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee shall be administered by a Campus Executive Officer who shall be appointed by, report directly to, and serve at the pleasure of the President of the University of South Florida. The President shall consult with the Campus Board before hiring or terminating the Campus Executive Officer.”

At its meeting of December 16, 2010, the University of South Florida (USF) Board of Trustees passed and adopted a Resolution that authorized the President of the USF System “to select, appoint, supervise, evaluate and terminate the employment of the regional Campus Executive Officer at each regional campus in the USF System,” including USF Sarasota-Manatee.

To select the regional chancellor, the President appoints an official search committee and typically hires an outside search firm to oversee the committee, to make recommendations, and initially to screen applicants. After the outside search firm screens credentials, the search committee discusses and reviews the qualifications of each candidate. Following pool narrowing, the search committee conducts telephone and/or airport interviews. After further narrowing the pool, the search committee schedules on-site interviews. The search committee, staff, faculty, the institution’s board members, the Provost, USF System vice presidents, and the President meet with the candidates. The USF System President makes the final hiring decision with input from the search committee, faculty, staff, and all other interested parties. The System institution’s funds pay for the search. The candidate and the USF System President negotiate the final salary, but the institution funds that salary, not the USF System.

Sandra S. Stone, Ph.D., the current Regional Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, was appointed by the President of the USF System in 2014 following a national search conducted by a search firm. A search committee comprised of faculty, staff, student, and campus board and community representatives recommended three finalists to the President. Dr. Stone’s letter of appointment details the responsibilities of the Regional Chancellor. Human Resources maintains a position description outlining the Regional Chancellor’s duties.

The President of the USF System conducts the evaluation process for the Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee annually. The evaluation is based on mutually agreed-upon goals related to institutional progress on USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Strategic Plan, diversity goals of the USF System, and USF Foundation goals. The Regional Chancellor provides a written self-evaluation, and then the Chancellor and President meet to discuss the evaluation and plan the next year’s goals. At the conclusion of discussion, the President provides a written evaluation. The Human Resources office at USF Sarasota-Manatee maintains personnel files with written evaluations of the regional chancellors by the President.


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