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By Times Staff Writer
Published November 16, 2007
Karen White, regional chancellor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, withdrew her name from consideration Thursday for the presidency of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
White, one of five finalists for the job, thanked University of Louisiana system president Sally Clausen in a three-paragraph letter for the opportunity to interview for the position. But after careful deliberation, White told Clausen, she has decided that her current position more closely matches her professional priorities.
"My administrative career has focused on the urban and metropolitan university, and I believe my knowledge and skill set are best applied in that mission," she wrote.
White also informed USF St. Petersburg faculty of her decision, saying in a email "I look forward to working with the entire campus community as we plan our future."
White, 56, emerged as a finalist from among 38 candidates who applied to lead the 16,000-student university. She interviewed for the job on Monday.
USF St. Petersburg spokeswoman Holly Kicklighter said White's decision is good news for the university.
"We can continue to move forward with our ambitious agenda," Kicklighter said.
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