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FSU advances three presidential candidates for open discussion

Florida State’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee selected three candidates to advance in the search process following first-round interviews on Friday and Saturday.

Robert Blouin, Richard McCullough and Giovanni Piedimonte will advance to what FSU is now calling an open forum of discussion beginning on Monday. The search committee selected three “traditional” or academic candidates and are expected to refer a name (or names) to the Board of Trustees ahead of June 2.

FSU athletics director David Coburn and Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran were among those interviewed on Saturday but not considered a finalist.

Blouin was the Executive Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before stepping down about a week ago. (He had reportedly planned to rejoin the faculty in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.) Before coming to Carolina, Blouin was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy from 1978 to 2003. Blouin’s resume can be viewed here.

McCullough, Ph.D. has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Since 2012, Dr. McCullough has been Harvard’s Vice Provost for Research, working with the President and Provost to encourage, cultivate and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has responsibility and oversight for the development, review, and implementation of strategies, planning, and policies related to the organization and execution of academic research across the university. McCullough’s resume can be viewed here.

Piedimonte, MD, FAAP, FCCP, is responsible for enhancing Tulane’s research mission across all fields including the humanities, neuroscience, environmental science and infectious diseases. In addition to his role as VP for research, he is professor of medicine in the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Piedimonte received his medical degree from the University of Rome School of Medicine, completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and received fellowship training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Piedimonte’s resume can be viewed here.

Videos of the nine candidate interviews can be viewed here.