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03-23-2010, 02:21 PM
Dr. Ty Handy has been named by the Board of Trustees of Northwest Florida State College as the board’s choice for the college’s presidency. Dr. Handy was chosen following a 6 month national search which attracted 76 candidates from 30 different states. Handy is a Florida native, born and raised in Apopka, Florida near Orlando and is currently the president of Vermont Technical College, a public associate and baccalaureate institution.

Dr. Handy and two other presidential finalists were recently interviewed in day-long sessions at the college’s Niceville campus that included forums with faculty, students, college staff and members of the community as well as a formal interview with the college’s governing board. Dr. Handy and other finalists also previously interviewed with a 14-member search advisory committee made up of community, faculty, staff and student representatives. The college was assisted in the search process by Academic Search, Inc. of Washington, D.C.

"We had a truly distinguished panel of finalists and are pleased to offer the post to Dr. Handy upon recommendation by the full board," said Wesley Wilkerson, chair of the college's Trustee Board and chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Trustees had previously established a goal to have a new president report for duty in July 2010, prior to the start of the next academic year, but a specific start date was not set at the meeting. Following the board meeting, Wilkerson contacted Dr. Handy by phone to extend the offer of the board. “We’re so pleased that Dr. Handy has accepted the board’s offer to finalize the details of a contract. We expect him to begin at the college sometime this summer,” said Wilkerson.

Dr. Ty Handy joined Vermont Technical College in January of 2006 after serving over four years as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Southern Indiana, a comprehensive two year community and technical college in the Ivy Tech Community College System. Other academic positions he has held include vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville; dean of academic affairs at Elizabethtown Community College in Kentucky; and dean of business technologies/social sciences at Jefferson Community College, Ohio. Dr. Handy earned his doctorate (Ed.D.) degree from the University of Memphis in Higher Education Administration, the MBA in Accounting and Finance from Drexel University and the BS degree in finance from Western Kentucky University.
Following his conversation with Wilkerson, Dr. Handy spoke briefly with the press and noted how very pleased he was to receive the offer and to have the opportunity to return home to Florida to serve at a college that “fit so well” with his professional experiences. Dr. Handy’s complete resume and application materials are available on the college’s presidential search website at www.nwfsc.edu/presidentialsearch (http://www.nwfsc.edu/presidentialsearch).

NWFSC Board chairman Wilkerson also commended the work of the advisory committee who reviewed the large pool of presidential applications which came from 30 different states. "Each of the community leaders, college and student representatives on the advisory committee worked long and hard to help our trustees find the right person to lead this dynamic college into the future. We thank them sincerely for their service," said Wilkerson.