Purcell not named finalist for Florida job

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Finance at the Louisiana State Capitol in this May 9, 2013, Advocate file photo.
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Finance at the Louisiana State Capitol in this May 9, 2013, Advocate file photo.

State Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell appears to be staying in Louisiana, at least for the time being.

Purcell was in Orlando on Tuesday interviewing to become chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

On Wednesday, the system sent out a news release saying Marshall Criser III, president of AT&T Florida, has been selected as the only finalist out of four candidates who interviewed.

The Florida position oversees a network of 12 public schools including the University of Florida and Florida State University.

With its 335,000 students, it is the second-largest university system in the country. It also includes six law schools, six medical schools, two pharmacy schools, a dental school and a veterinary school.