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Broward College names first woman to lead school after top candidate withdraws

Barbara Bryan enters the room to be interviewed for the Broward College interim president position at the Fort Lauderdale campus
AMY BETH BENNETT South Florida Sun Sentinel
Henry Mack III is interviewed for the Broward College interim President position at the Fort Lauderdale campus on Tuesday. He decided not to accept the job after he and school officials could not agree on a salary. The Board of Trustees named Barbara Bryan as his replacement on Wednesday, less than a day after he had been chosen.

A day after the Broward College Board of Trustees selected him as their first choice to temporarily lead the college, Henry Mack III withdrew from consideration because he and the school couldn't agree on his compensation and the length of his contract, Broward College officials announced Wednesday

Barbara Bryan, a former Broward College North Campus President, the board's second choice for the job, agreed to become acting president, according to a statement from the college on Wednesday.

Bryan will be the first woman to lead the school.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead Broward College through this time of transition,” said Dr. Bryan. “I’ve spent the greater part of my career at the institution, and it is an honor for me to return in the capacity of acting President to serve among the dedicated and passionate faculty and staff in our mission to provide quality education and job training to our community.

Most important, as we move forward, we will maintain our unwavering commitment to our students, who are at the center of all we do.”

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Bryan has worked in higher education for the last three decades, including 26 years at Broward College. She currently serves as the CEO of Higher Education Consulting.

She also served as the schools' Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, and North Campus Provost.

“Dr. Bryan brings a wealth of expertise, institutional knowledge, a deep commitment to the Broward College community, and we look forward to her leadership,” said Board of Trustees Chair Alexis Yarbrough.

Gerard Albert III covers Broward County. He is a former WLRN intern who graduated from Florida International University. He can be reached atgalbert@wlrnnews.org
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