Susana Rivera-Mills Withdraws from Presidential Finalist Position

Hayley Lemery, Assignment & Features Editor

After making campus visits and going before the Board of Trustees as a presidential finalist, Dr. Susana Rivera-Mills has withdrawn as a candidate after the selection was postponed.

On Nov. 8, Pamela McCabe, coordinator of university communications and media relations, sent out an email on behalf of Blake Gable, the chair of FGCU’s Board of Trustees.

“Without a doubt, Dr. Rivera-Mills has a bright future in higher education, and it was a pleasure to host her on campus. I wish her well on behalf of FGCU and its Board of Trustees,” read the email.

The reason for her withdrawal is unknown at this time.

“I have to tell you, I’m very happy where I am. And I’m not officially on the market the way you would think most people are. Most people apply for numerous jobs, I have applied to one: FGCU. And I thought about it very carefully and very deliberately,” Rivera-Mills said at her Nov. 1 public forum from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Rivera-Mills decided to remain at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana as the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

The email also announced that the Board of Trustees will meet on Thurs. Nov. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. to decide between the remaining presidential finalists, Dr. Robert Gregerson and Dr. Tod Laursen.

Until then, it’s encouraged that the FGCU community provides feedback on the finalists. The feedback forms will be open until Wed. Nov. 16 at 11:59 p.m.