First impressions regarding USF’s new president? They’re good. | Editorial

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It’s healthy for USF and Tampa Bay to have a thoughtful newcomer’s fresh look at familiar issues, particularly following a popular predecessor who served a record 19 years as president.

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Less than two months on the job, University of South Florida president Steve Currall recognizes the institution’s enormous potential and appreciates its key assets. He also frankly acknowledges its financial challenges and Florida’s strong political grip on higher education. In the early going, expect Currall to simultaneously build on the solid foundation left by former president Judy Genshaft and use his different leadership style to continue to elevate USF’s academic stature and enhance its role as a regional economic engine.

First impressions are important, and they are positive in both directions. In a wide-ranging discussion with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board this week, Currall reflected a willingness to learn more about his new community and an appreciation for the warm welcome he has received around Tampa Bay. He sounded comfortable as a first-time president of a large public university, took direct responsibility for some key personnel decisions and answered questions with a mix of refreshing candor and understandable cautiousness, depending on the subject.

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Publisher: Tampa Bay Times
Date: 2019-08-13T17:25:00Z-04
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Sunburn ‘ The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics ‘ 8.13.19

The Florida Chamber of Commerce Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit starts today in Jacksonville.

State Rep. Mel Ponder will kick off the event followed by Florida Chamber head Mark Wilson, who will outline the summit’s theme: ‘preparing for disruption and tomorrow’s opportunities and ensuring competitiveness, prosperity and resiliency.’

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Scheduled to deliver the keynote is retired Major General’Michael D. Jones, who served in the U.S. Army for 34 years, including deployments to Bosnia and Iraq, where he was responsible for combat operations and forming and training Iraqi security forces in Baghdad.

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USF President Genshaft Talks Successes And Failures As Retirement Nears

During the 71-year-old’s nearly two decades leading USF, the school’s enrollment grew by 40 percent, its four-year graduation rate tripled. Its endowment nearly doubled from $254 million to $480 million.

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Listen Listening… / 4:10 Part 1 of University Beat’s two-part interview with retiring USF System President Judy Genshaft.

When I sat down in her Tampa office April 30 for this interview, she was three weeks away from announcing her’$20 million dollar donation to build a formal home for the newly renamed USF Judy Genshaft Honors College. ‘That amount that later grew to $23 million with an additional gift to endow the deanship of the school.

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Not everyone bullish on redesigned University of South Florida logo

Designed to cut through the ‘alphabet soup’ of public university acronyms in Florida, bold new University of South Florida bull logo gets mixed reviews. Many say it reminds them of Merrill Lynch.

For a college or university, unveiling a new logo is always a risky proposition — students and alumni get attached to the old one, and any change feels wrong.

In 2012, the University of California system faced withering criticism for replacing its old “Let There Be Light” emblem with a new, modernist logo (right) — to many people, it resembled a urinal. Earlier this year, the University of South Carolina took heat for a logo redesign of its own.

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Achieving National Prominence with Student Success in Mind

As Dr. Judy Genshaft’s 19-year tenure as president of the University of South Florida (USF) System comes to an end, the system has seen graduation rate gaps by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status close; significant economic impact in the Tampa Bay region; and, among other successes, a new designation as a ‘Preeminent State Research University’ ‘ only the third institution in Florida to receive the honor.

Such accomplishments exemplify the ‘spirit and determination’ of USF, Genshaft says, adding that they speak to a system-wide effort among administrators, faculty, staff and other stakeholders to fully invest in a mission to achieve ‘very clear outcome-based metrics.’

Publisher: Diverse
Date: 2019-06-20T15:40:06-05:00
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