MANATEE -- In a show of cooperation and collaboration, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee hosted a reception for the area's two newest leaders of higher education.
Wednesday's reception for Donal O'Shea, president of New College, and Carol Probstfeld, president of the State College of Florida, was designed to feature the Manatee and Sarasota corridor as a "college town."
Probstfeld said she is looking forward to focusing some of her efforts on building relationships and eventually a
partnership with the other area schools.
"Each college had its own niche," Probstfeld said. "That relationship is personal and greater than signing a contract."
Probstfeld said that Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been a mentor and a friend. She said one of the most challenging things about being president is being everywhere at once.
"Like it or not, I'm a novelty, and I want to strike while the iron is hot," Probstfeld said.
O'Shea said there is no reason the schools shouldn't have a relationship, and that such a partnership benefits everyone.
He described Probstfeld as "steady, smart and thoughtful" and thanked Guilford for hosting the event that welcomed them into their new roles.