College searches for new VP of Student Life

Last July, Elizabeth Paul took over as interim vice president for Student Life. Now, the search for her replacement is coming to an end.

The candidates James M. Norfleet, Tom Jackson and James Rollo are the last three the College will consider for the position.

The College put out a national advertisement for the position. A search consultant handled the r?sum?s the College received, and then passed them along to a committee for review.

After the candidates’ references were checked, they came in for a round of preliminary interviews.

On Thursday, the last of the three candidates, Norfleet, was interviewed. The committee will now review the candidates again and make their final recommendation. College President R. Barbara Gitenstein will make the ultimate decision.

The candidates represent a diverse array of backgrounds and talents. They come from as far as Texas and Florida and as near as New York state.

Norfleet described himself as having a “genuine enthusiasm for interacting with students, high energy and (an) ability to combine seriousness of purpose with an enduring sense of humor.”

He was the associate dean of Nyack College in New York as well as the resident supervision of the office of Residential Life and Housing at Pace University.

Norfleet has volunteered for the Friendship Baptist Church, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Salvation Army, among other organizations.

Jackson, who is a captain and executive state officer of the Texas State Guard, was the vice president for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University. He was also the assistant director of Resident Life at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Jackson, who said that his “hobbies include flying,” is a volunteer pilot for the Angels of Flight Texas. He was a member of the Texas National Guard and has volunteered for the Lion’s Club International and the Big/Little Brothers and Sisters Program, as well as other groups.

Most of Rollo’s job experience comes from the time he spent at the University of Florida, where he served as interim vice president for Student Affairs and associate dean of students.

In addition, Rollo was a counselor at the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (NFETC), a maximum-security mental hospital. Rollo helped facilitate group therapy and develop treatment plans at the hospital.

He also worked at the Interface Runaway shelter, where he was responsible for “individual, group and family counseling in both long term and crisis situations.”

Rollo was a member of the board of directors of the Girls Club of Alachua County, a United Way agency.

According to Paul, the new vice president for Student Life will be in charge of the offices of Campus Wellness, Campus Activities, Athletics, Conference and Meeting Services, Auxiliary Services, Residential and Community Development, Civic Leadership Development and Community Standards.

Paul said that the main goal of the position is to “support the development of students and to enhance the quality of life in our campus community.”