Joe Henderson: USF can be elite without being elitist

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It isn’t easy. USF became an economic dynamo in the Tampa Bay area on her watch, and its new medical school is a cornerstone of the downtown Tampa revival.

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Sure, Judy Genshaft led the University of South Florida to preeminent status during her 19 years as president there. Instead of a fallback choice for college, it became a destination ‘ that is, if students have the grades and test scores to qualify.

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USF became an economic dynamo in the Tampa Bay area on her watch, and its new medical school is a cornerstone of the downtown Tampa revival. She oversaw an incredible expansion and makeover of the campus, and donors started writing big checks whenever she was around. She had that effect on people.

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I’m not sure it’s possible to solve the eternal shortage of parking spots at the Fowler Avenue campus. However, nearly 51,000 students are enrolled at USF, and many of them told their new president that finding a solution is a priority. Anyone who has rushed to a meeting or class there only to circle endlessly looking for an empty spot that doesn’t require making a cross-country hike to their destination will agree.

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Publisher: Tampa Bay Times
Date: 2019-07-10T18:56:00Z-04
Author: JOe Henderson
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‘Our team worked hard on the Bold Vision for a Brighter Future budget, but I particularly want to thank our budget guru, Cynthia Kelly, said Gov. DeSantis in a statement first provided to Florida Politics. ‘Cynthia was gracious enough to temporarily postpone her retirement to help my administration with our first budget. That was particularly helpful to us, and we thank her for her great service to the state of Florida. We wish CK the very best.’

Cynthia Kelly, budget director for both Govs. Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, is retiring. Image via Colin Hackley.

Kelly has worked in her current role since 2013. She’s previously served as the staff director for both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. Kelly also has managed appropriations subcommittees in both chambers.

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