The board of trustees chose Tyree for the position June 15 by a 5-1 vote. He is expected to serve six months, while the trustees search for a permanent president.

Tyree will be paid $18,833 a month. He also will be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of his duties, and a travel and per diem allowance in accordance with college policies and procedures.

Benjamin Hodge cast the only no vote. He said the college could save about $50,000 in living expenses by hiring Bill Eddy, a Kansas City, Mo., resident and retired University of Missouri-Kansas City professor, dean and consultant. The other finalist for the position was J. Larry Durrence, Lakeland, Fla.

"I have a great amount of respect for the three finalists," Hodge said. "All three were of excellent quality. Two issues were trust and cost. With an interim president working at the college for six to 12 months, it will take any of us a couple of months to get to know someone who is not from this part of the country.

"Bill Eddy has deep roots here, is well-known and is respected. I believe that going with a known quantity would have been the best decision for a short-term candidate."

Benefits for Tyree will include the use of a college-owned vehicle, relocation expenses, use of a laptop computer and portable printer in addition to a computer in the interim president's office, and a cellular phone.

"There is quite a bit of support among the faculty for Larry Tyree," Faculty Association President Vincent Clark said. "I think having an open and participatory process, which led to the selection, is a good thing for the college.

"I'm looking forward to working with him. He is strongly supported by the faculty at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., as well as by others who previously worked with him.

"He indicated he believes in the collegial way of running the college and has had a great deal of experience that seems to have been very successful."

Tyree retired in May 2006 as professor at the University of Florida. He is president emeritus of Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Fla., where the library is named in his honor. He served there from 1990 to 2001.

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