Archive for January 21st, 2010



Bill Frederick
St. Petersburg College

 Tom Furlong named interim president of SPC 

                        ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2010) — Thomas E. Furlong, who retired from SPC in February 2009, became SPC’s Interim President on Jan. 1. Furlong, 62, was Senior Vice President, Baccalaureate Programs and University Partnerships, when he retired.

            “I am honored that the Board of Trustees has entrusted me with this great responsibility at this important moment in the history of St. Petersburg College,” Furlong said.

            “I am very excited to re-join the SPC team as we transition from our long-time president to our new permanent president,” he said. “I am truly delighted to have this opportunity to work with our outstanding students, faculty members and staff during the coming months.”
            Furlong came to SPC in August 2001 to develop the college’s new four-year program and to oversee the University Partnership Center. When he retired in February of 2009, the college had more than 4,000 baccalaureate students, 2,000 baccalaureate graduates and 27 majors.

            Before coming to St. Petersburg College, Furlong was Deputy Executive Director for Educational Services of the Florida Community College System. He was Vice President for Educational Services at Tallahassee Community College from 1987 to 1995, where he served twice as acting president.

            From 1984 to1987 he was executive director of the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission — the PEPC Commission — and worked with the state’s community colleges and its universities. He directed PEPC’s research toward the first State Master Plan for Postsecondary Education and Supplements and was cited by the governor and the Cabinet for having “contributed significantly to the progress of higher education in Florida.”

A psychology major at Philadelphia’s La Salle University in the late 1960s, he holds a master’s in Counselor Education and a Ph.D. in Postsecondary Education Management from Florida State.

A Florida resident since 1969, Furlong is married and has five children.



 St. Petersburg College was founded in 1927 as a two-year institution of higher learning.  Known then as St. Petersburg Junior College, it provided high-quality, fully-accredited programs with credits that were fully transferable to four-year institutions.  In 2001, the Florida Legislature passed legislation allowing the college to offer four-year degrees.  In response, the college dropped the word “junior” from its name and became St. Petersburg College.  Today, St. Petersburg College offers programs at learning sites in St. Petersburg, Seminole, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and elsewhere.  It also offers courses and degree programs online.

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