17th Florida Southern
College President Selected
LAKELAND, Fla. (February 10, 2004)
- Sarah D. McKay, chair of the Florida Southern College Board of
Trustees, announced today that Dr. Anne B. Kerr has been unanimously
selected as the 17th president of Florida Southern College.
Dr. Kerr will succeed Dr. Thomas L. Reuschling, who will retire
at the end of this academic year, after serving the college for
ten years. A nationwide search for a successor began following Dr.
Reuschling's retirement announcement last February. Dr. Kerr currently
serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University
of Richmond. Her term of office at Florida Southern College will
begin June 1, 2004.
"It is a great honor to be chosen
as president of one of the nation's flagship United Methodist colleges,"
stated Dr. Kerr. "Florida Southern College is blessed with
many superior attributes: an exemplary faculty; outstanding students;
enlightened leadership from dedicated trustees; a committed staff;
and a campus with world-renowned architecture in a vibrant community.
The institution is poised for greatness, and I look forward to leading
its continuing evolution."
Dr. Kerr comes to FSC from the University of Richmond where she
serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Previously,
she had a long and distinguished career at Rollins College where
she served most recently as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
She served as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Central
Florida and was an educational analyst for the Office of the Board
of Regents, State of Florida.
Dr. Kerr earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from The Florida State
University and her B.A. degree from Mercer University, in Macon,
"We were fortunate to have an excellent pool of candidates looking
to lead Florida Southern. We are excited to know that FSC will be
in great hands with Dr. Kerr," said McKay.
Dr. Kerr is married to Roy Kerr, who is on the faculty at the University
of Richmond. They have one son, Eddie (10). Her hobbies include
swimming, Little League spectator, ballet, and reading.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a private, baccalaureate, co-educational college
affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools. FSC serves a culturally diverse student body, providing
a curriculum that blends academic disciplines and professional programs
focusing on lifelong learning. With special attention to student/faculty
relationships, Florida Southern maintains small classes and provides
personal counseling in a caring, familial environment. Florida Southern
has embodied excellence for well over 100 years. Its strength began
and continues as a commitment to academic excellence with its focus
on a strong values-based education.