continued “The college has been talking about housing for probably a decade,” McGraw said. “I think it really took some changing leadership, dynamic leadership … both of us together said, lets do more than just talk about it.”
Bullock is nearing the end of his three-year contract with the school, which concludes after the upcoming semester. He earns an annual salary of $155,000 to oversee the campus of over 6,000 students.
The college’s previous president, Gabriel Basil, held the leadership role for 17 years, so McGraw said the college knew its strengths and weakness. Bullock’s previous experience with campus housing was an attractive feature, which helped him be selected.
She admitted that she believes Bullock will not have such a lengthy tenure, but searching for a new president now would be difficult.
“I knew when he came here that this might not be his last stop,” she said.
Also, McGraw said she didn’t believe the increase in salary, around $75,000, at Stark State was the primary draw for Bullock to seek the position. The larger size of the campus and enrollment, almost tripling SCCC at approximately 18,000 students, is what McGraw believes attracted Bullock.
“I knew when he came here that this might not be his last stop,” McGraw said. “To keep him, I would do anything”