Partnerships Will Shape USF Future



By USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2011) – University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft credited strong partnerships and relationships, both big and small, with helping the USF System grow into a world class university that continues to thrive with laser focus on the future.


 In her Fall Address in the Oval Theater at the Marshall Student Center, Genshaft touched upon partnerships between faculty and students; the work of the USF Foundation reaching record fundraising levels because of the generosity of 45,000 donors; the expectations of new programs and initiatives in USF Health; and the power of a strong USF System in St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.


“As we look over the next five years, it’s clear the economy will be slow to recover,” Genshaft said. “USF will have to be focused. We’ll have to be efficient. We will have to be a global university. And I believe we will find there is enormous power in unexpected alliances.”


Genshaft, who began the speech by remembering former USF athletic director Lee Roy Selmon, who died Sunday after suddenly falling ill, said Selmon’s legacy at USF and in the Tampa community “will never be forgotten.”


The president emphasized recent successes of the university, its faculty and staff and students. USF was recently ranked 9th among universities on the number of patents issued in the United States. And, the Sierra Club magazine has put USF in the top 50 of its list of “cool schools” for embracing and implementing sustainability measures on campus.


She referred to the university’s faculty and staff as providing “the heart of our relationships, and our alliances of the future.” In large part, the university’s improving rankings in key academic and higher education measures is a reflection of the hard work of faculty and staff.


“It’s our staff who have transformed our universities. It’s our staff who made us a global model for transparency and effectiveness,” Genshaft said. “And it’s our staff who drive the campaign for student success, the campaign for USF World and the Unstoppable campaign.”


Genshaft also made mention of several critical initiatives, including Student Success, USF World and University College, which will focus on lifelong and distance learning.


“At its core, the USF System is ready to use our partnerships to move ahead. We are dynamic, interactive and engaged,” Genshaft said. “Please celebrate being one of the ‘coolest’ universities on the plant.”