John Ramil and Hal Mullis Elected Chair and Vice-Chair of USF Trustees

USF President Judy Genshaft thanks outgoing Chair Rhea Law and welcomes new leadership



Ramil and Mullis to serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively.


By Barbara Melendez News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (June 24, 2010) – The University of South Florida’s 13-member board of trustees elected members John B. Ramil and Harold “Hal” W. Mullis to serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the university’s board of trustees effective June 24.


“The entire university community is delighted to welcome our new board leadership even as we wish our outgoing Chair Rhea Law all the best in appreciation for all she helped accomplish during her tenure as Chair,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “We look forward to continuing to work with both John and Hal in their new roles.”


Appointed a board member in 2001, Ramil’s assignments have included vice chair, chair of the health sciences and research workgroup, and member of the executive committee and the finance and audit workgroup, as well as chair of the USF Lakeland campus board.


Ramil also has served as a director on the USF Foundation board, the USF Alumni board, the USF Engineering College advisory board and the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise Education advocacy board. He was chair of the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and has twice served as the chair of the annual Hillsborough County Great American Teach-In.In 1999, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of USF.


A Tampa native, Ramil joined TECO in March 1976 as a cooperative education student while attending USF, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering, and he has completed Harvard University’s advanced management program. Since joining TECO, he has held a variety of leadership positions, including in the company's energy services, engineering, operations, marketing, customer service and environmental affairs areas.


“I am especially pleased to follow Chair Law who has done an outstanding job leading us over the last four years,” Ramil said. “All of us at USF owe Rhea a huge thank you for her tireless work.”


Mullis is president and founding member of Trenam Kemker. His practice areas include mergers, acquisitions and corporate and transactional law. He was a visiting lecturer at Stetson University College of Law from 1972 to1973 and has served as a member of the executive council of the Florida Bar's Tax Section. Mullis has held numerous leadership positions in the community, including serving as chairman of the board of Berkeley Preparatory School, chairman of the board of Tampa General Hospital and on the Board of Governors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He was the 2007 recipient of the University of South Florida President's Distinguished Citizen Award.


Mullis received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. The Tampa resident was appointed to the USF board of trustees in 2010 and his assignments include the Health Sciences & Research Workgroup and Collective Bargaining Team.


"The University has advanced impressively under the leadership of President Genshaft and Chair Law and now stands poised to join the ranks of the nation's great universities,” Mullis said. “It is an honor and privilege to be involved in the governance of the university at this exciting and important time in its history."


Ramil added, “I am honored to have worked with each and every member of the board of trustees since the 2001 charter board and to have been associated with this university as a student and graduate of the College of Engineering. My fellow trustees and I are committed to working with the entire USF team as we advance towards AAU eligibility, grow our Tier I research university status, improve the student experience and expand our $3.2 billion annual economic impact on the Tampa Bay region.”


The board of trustees was established by the Florida Legislature in 2001 to set policy and serve as the university’s legal owner and final authority responsible for efficient and effective use of resources. The 13 trustees, who serve five-year terms, include distinguished figures in the law, commerce, medicine, education, philanthropy and public policy leadership. Six trustees are appointed by the governor and five trustees are appointed by the Board of Governors. The faculty senate president and student body president also serve as trustees. The president of the university serves as Corporate Secretary.


Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563.