Announces Departure in 2004
LAKELAND, Fla. (April
16, 2003) - Florida Southern College's sixteenth president Dr. Thomas
L. Reuschling has announced his plans to leave the presidency at
the end of the 2003-2004 academic year. He will have served ten
years in the college's highest position. A national search for his
successor will be conducted by college trustees. Faculty, staff,
students, alumni and community leaders will be a part of the candidate
"It's been an honor serving at Florida Southern," said Reuschling.
"We've done some good things over the past ten years." Progress
during the last nine years has included completing a successful
$60 million campaign that enabled numerous capital improvements
on the campus, raising enrollment from 1400 to 1800, enhancing diversity
on campus, extending the town-gown relationship, preserving the
strong values component of a Florida Southern education, and expanding
opportunities for learning experiences abroad. "I will use the next
year to continue to work on the very important long range goals
of the college." Reuschling will use year 2004-2005 for relaxation
and intellectual renewal. He'll return to Florida Southern in 2005
for duties which may include teaching and/or special projects. "Dotty
and I have purchased a home in Lakeland and are looking forward
to continuing involvement with Florida Southern and the Lakeland
"Dr. T. Terrell Sessums, chairman of the FSC Board of Trustees,
announced that Robert Trinkle will serve as Chairman of the Search
committee. Marcene Christoverson will serve as Chairman of the Presidential
Search Advisory Committee. Executive assistant to the president
Lynn M. Dennis will serve as college liaison in the search process.
Reuschling succeeded Dr. Robert A. Davis as the sixteenth president
of the college taking office in 1994. Prior to coming to Florida
Southern, Reuschling was the president of St. Andrews Presbyterian
College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, for five and half years.
He served for ten years as Dean of the Robins School of Business
at the University of Richmond, Virginia, and head of the school
of the Business at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Reuschling has his undergraduate degree from Hiram College, Ohio,
MBA from Kent State University and Ph.D. from the University of
Colorado at Boulder.
He has been involved in numerous educational and charitable organizations.
He has served as chairman of the United Way of Central Florida and
now serves on the boards of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce,
Success by Six, the Lakeland Community Foundation and is a member
of the Polk County Schools Minority Achievement Banquet Committee.
He is on the Executive Committee of Independent Colleges and Universities
of Florida and is the immediate past president of the Florida Association
of Colleges and Universities.
He and his wife, Dotty, have been married for 40 years and have
two daughters and four grandchildren.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.