Avendano a finalist for Florida post

February 10, 2019

KANKAKEE — Kankakee Community College’s retiring president John Avendano said he had not ruled out serving as a college president elsewhere when his tenure here concluded.

The 10-year president of KCC followed through on that statement. Avendano is one of 12 finalists for president’s post at Florida State College in Jacksonville.

The finalists were made public in a Thursday story in the Jacksonville Daily Record.

The school’s search committee is expected to narrow the finalists’ list to eight to 10 by Feb. 20. Currently, the school is under the leadership of an interim president.

The Journal’s 2018 Male Citizen of the Year, Avendano announced in September he would be retiring from KCC at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Avendano’s replacement, Michael Boyd, was approved by the school’s board of trustees in mid-January.

A 33-year member of the Illinois Community College System, Avendano said there are five states he would consider taking a college presidency. Florida, where his daughter lives, is one of them.

“I’m a long shot in my opinion. This is a highly competitive list, and I’m honored to be considered one of the 12 finalists,” he said Friday. “I said when I announced my retirement that if the right opportunity presented itself, I would consider it. Then, this position popped up.”

While not officially considered a community college any longer, Florida State College did begin as a community college. The community college system changed in Florida so a school such as Florida State College does offer four-year degrees.

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