USF College Renamed College of The Arts

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2009) The University of South Florida is pleased to announce a new name for the College of Visual & Performing Arts. The college has been renamed the College of The Arts to better reflect the college’s broadening reach of academic programs as a result of the university’s structural realignment of academic units in July 2008, most notably the addition of the School of Architecture & Community Design.


“Exciting college. Exciting name. My congratulations to the dean and faculty in working with the provost to identify a visually and intellectually elegant name. Through its students and faculty, the college has helped to build the arts in the Tampa Bay region, brought research in art to the nation's capital, and carried USF's name around the globe,” said USF President Judy Genshaft.

An integral part of the USF campus, the College of The Arts houses four academic schools – School of Architecture & Community Design, School of Art & Art History, School of Music, and School of Theatre & Dance.  In addition, it includes two major research entities – the Institute for Research in Art, comprised of both the Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio, and the Florida Center for Community Design and Research.


“The new name for the College of The Arts is refreshingly simple and relevant, as well as both clear and concise in meaning. While the college name presents an important identifier, it is the substance and quality of the creative work emanating from our students, faculty, staff, programs, and schools which define the college’s position within the broader academic community and the valued contributions the college has made to USF’s strategic vision,” said Ralph C. Wilcox, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at USF.


The College of The Arts currently has over 1,300 degree-seeking students who are obtaining degrees in one of eight bachelor’s degree programs, six master’s degree programs, and one doctoral degree program. The internationally acclaimed faculty, who are actively involved in innovative research in their fields, not only educate their students but inspire and challenge them to become leaders in the arts.  As the cultural hub of USF, the college offers over 400 performances, lectures, symposia, and exhibitions annually, which are attended by well over 50,000 visitors and patrons.


“The faculty of the college took a very keen interest in exploring not only all of the naming options but also the advantages and long term implications of each and every option. It was truly a collaborative effort and I am delighted with the outcome,” said Ron Jones, dean of the College of The Arts. “Unveiling a new name for the college is a symbolic way of leading our efforts to becoming one of the nation’s leading research-intensive colleges in the arts.”


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs