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SLCC's Bioteau opts out of Florida position

Published: Thursday, April 10 2008 12:11 a.m. MDT

After flying to Florida to interview for a position as president of Manatee Community College, Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia A. Bioteau has withdrawn her name from consideration.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered as a candidate for president of this wonderful college, but after much thought, I came to a most difficult conclusion that I have unfinished work in Salt Lake," Bioteau told MCC officials in a statement.

Bioteau, who has been at the helm of SLCC for nearly three years, was one of five finalists for the nearly 10,000-strong community college in Bradenton, Fla. She and her husband own a home in nearby Venice, Fla., and Bioteau has said Florida is where they wanted to retire.

She plans to continue vacationing in the area but will return to Salt Lake City to "continue with SLCC's part in increasing the economic livelihood of the community," said Deneece Huftalin, vice president of student services at SLCC.

"She's a champion of community colleges in general, nationwide," Huftalin said. "She's committed to the role of community colleges and she brought that to us here."

Bioteau's personal interests and ties in Florida caused her to explore the opportunity, but Huftalin said the timing of the opportunity didn't seem to have worked out for Bioteau's best interests.

"She recognizes the position that Salt Lake Community College is in to be the premier community college in the nation. She sees potential and she wants to take us there," she said.

Upon her withdrawal from consideration for the new Manatee president, MCC's board of trustees said in a statement that they plan to examine the four remaining candidates and make a decision by the end of this month.

"Dr. Bioteau certainly is qualified and we were happy to have her as a finalist," board Chairman Steve Harner said. "We regret that we will not be able to consider her in our final deliberations, but we wish her continued success at Salt Lake."

Bioteau's plans to maintain and increase access to students in the Salt Lake region are of utmost importance to her, Huftalin said, and she believes the president will continue to move forward with that priority. Bioteau has said that she enjoys working at SLCC and will stay for the duration of her goals. She was in transit Wednesday and could not be reached directly for comment.

"It's hard to say how long," Huftalin said, adding that Bioteau has been open with all of her administration about the job prospect, throughout the process. "We're thrilled she's staying."

Presidents at both the College of Eastern Utah and Dixie State College have recently announced resignations, resulting in multiple presidential searches for the Utah State Board of Regents to conduct this year.


E-mail: wleonard@desnews.com

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