Promotion for JMLC Executive Director

TAMPA, Fla. (May 20, 2009) – University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft is pleased to announce that Brig. Gen. Luis Visot was appointed to command the 377th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) in Belle Chasse, LA, the largest command in the U. S. Army Reserve, overseeing more than 32,000 Army reservists nationwide.  Visot, in civilian life, is executive director of USF’s Joint Military Leadership Center and will continue to reside in Tampa.  This appointment by the U. S. Department of Defense carries with it nomination for his promotion to major general which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.


“I could not be more delighted and proud of General Visot who has been a part of USF for his whole professional career,” said Genshaft.  “He is an outstanding leader and perfectly suited to his new assignment.  The military officers who prepare for their future roles in the armed forces at the USF Joint Military Leadership Center have access to one of our nation’s most influential leaders in Luis Visot, especially in his new role.  They also have a very knowledgeable, experienced and generous colleague from whom to learn.  This promotion abundantly confirms what we know so well of his capabilities and brings tremendous honor to both the center and USF as a whole.”


A 31-year career Army reservist and transportation officer, the highly-decorated Visot has served on active duty in Iraq three times since 1990 and in Bosnia in the mid-1990s.  He replaces Maj. Gen. Harry Philips, who is retiring from the Army.


Visot’s rise in the military corresponded with his career at USF which began in 1981 where he started out as a student residence counselor and rose to director of the Marshall Student Center.  He has also held the posts of director of academic support services and director of advancement and alumni affairs.  Visot was appointed to head the Joint Military Leadership Center in 2004.


Visot said he is humbled by the appointment to what he describes as a “combat-proven organization” and “the premier logistics command within the United States Army Reserve.”  He takes on this new role after commanding the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based in San Antonio, Texas.  Though the command change had been in the works for months and he anticipated the nomination, Visot received orders for his new post just a week ago, went through the change of command ceremony on Saturday in Belle Chasse and was given only a few days to make the change.


"When I’m told I’m needed, I’m used to responding with a ‘Yes, sir,’ ready to turn on a dime and move out,” Visot said.


The 377th TSC is reorganizing, and as the headquarters element for all reserve combat support and combat service support units nationwide, it will be aligned with the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for war-planning and other operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean.  It formerly reported to the U.S. Central Command to oversee logistical operations throughout the Middle East and Southwest Asia.  The New Orleans-based reservists were routinely deployed for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Saying he looks forward to his increased responsibilities, Visot praised the soldiers he will lead, "They are definitely among the best in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserve.”


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.