USF names new vice president and CEO for Sarasota-Manatee campus

TAMPA, FL (April 16, 2007) – Upon recommendation by a comprehensive search committee, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft has named Arthur Guilford  Vice President and chief executive officer of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  He has served as interim vice president and CEO since January when Laurey Striker retired at the end of 2006.  The permanent appointment is effective April 20, 2007.   

Encouraged by several faculty members to submit his credentials for consideration, Guilford dropped off of the search committee he headed to put himself in the running for the position.  He has served as the associate dean of faculty and program development for the College of Arts and Sciences at USF Tampa since 2004 and has split his time between the two campuses for the past three months.

“Dr. Guilford has proven himself to be the best person for the job,” said Genshaft.  “He has succeeded in earning tremendous respect as well as the trust of his colleagues during his tenure with the university.  Once we all saw what a great fit there was on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, going from interim to permanent chief executive was clearly the most natural progression.”

Guilford, a respected scholar in communication disorders, became a USF faculty member in 1976 after teaching at the University of Michigan, where he directed the Aphasia Program, and at California State University Los Angeles.  Over his 31 years at USF he moved from assistant, to associate, to full professor, to department chair for 14 years and to his most recent position as associate dean. 

The FSU graduate and distinguished alumnus (1993) majored in speech pathology and audiology.  He earned a master’s degree in speech and hearing from Tulane University’s department of otorhinolaryngology followed by a doctorate in physical medicine and rehabilitation in the speech and hearing science section from the University of Michigan.  He is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in infant and neurogenic communication disorders.

Guilford, a Fellow of the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association, was appointed by the Governor in 1995 to the Florida Interagency Council for Infants and Toddlers.  He served on the board of directors of the Northside Centers and was its president from 1996 to 1998.  The native Floridian is also a member and treasurer for the USF Patel Charter SchoolGuilford, a member of Sigma Xi, was honored with the Professional Services Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay and he received USF’s President’s Award for Affirmative Action.   

“You probably won’t find a more-rounded executive with his depth of experience,” said Genshaft.  “He has extensive experience with faculty governance, promotion and tenure, and program development, plus Dr. Guilford brings a strong track record in grant writing and research.  Add to all of this his love of USF and we can look forward to great days ahead with Dr. Guilford leading the way on our Sarasota-Manatee campus.”

A prolific writer, Guilford has co-authored and contributed to numerous books and publications including the Speech-Language Pathologist, I’m a People Person: A Guide to Human Service Professions, Infant Communication: Assessment and Intervention, the Study Guide for Handbook of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.  His most recent book, Speech-Language Pathology: From Novice to Expert, was just published in 2007 and he is noted for co-authoring the Adolescent Language Screening Test. 

“While I will miss being at the Tampa campus every day, I have developed a new and growing appreciation for Sarasota-Manatee,” Guilford said.  “I am delighted to be able to contribute to the growth of this beautiful campus and build on the work Laurey Stryker did before me.  This is an exciting time to play a role in what will make this emerging part of USF achieve its goals for the future.  It’s great to take on a new job and be able to remain in the family.” 




The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 76 community engaged universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $310 million in research contracts and grants last year and is ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of the nation's two fastest growing universities based on federal research and development expenditures. The University offers 217 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.6 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves 44,038 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


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