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With Carl Kuttler announcing his retirement date and search committee in place, let’s update the Rick Baker Back-to-School Meter

in The Bay and the 'Burg by
Aaron Sharockman reports that St. Petersburg College President has set Dec. 31 as his official retirement date, a search committee has been created and that a timeline to name his successor has been established:

Applications for the position are due Nov. 30. School officials said they hope to have a successor chosen by Spring 2010.

Search committee members are: Trustees Richard Johnston and Ken Burke; faculty members Earl Fratus, George M. Greenlee, and Tom Philippe; college employees Tonjua Williams and Theresa Kontodiakos; student Karishma Abdul; and community representatives Joseph G. Blanton, Scott Daniels, Bob Ulrich, Susan Latvala, and Kenneth T. Welch.

First of all, who is this Kenneth T. Welch character Sharockman refers to? Secondly, and more importantly, with a search committee and timeline in place, it looks more and more likely that soon-to-be-former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will be tapped to replace Kuttler. So, I am updating the Rick Baker Back-to-School Meter closer to “Why even bother with a national search?”

Oh, and just for shits-and-giggles, I have to re-post this picture I snuck of Carl Kuttler last month, repeating my caption: Hey Carl! The ocean called. They’re running out of shrimp.

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