New Leader for Edu. Partnership

Donna Elam will direct an effort to harness USF’s expertise to benefit Hillsborough County Public Schools.


By Kim Tucker

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2011) – The Tampa Bay Educational Partnership (TBEP) serves as a formal conduit for the engagement of the Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) and the University of South Florida (USF) in program development and research endeavors which seek to improve education in Hillsborough County. The partnership demonstrates the commitment of both USF and HCPS to develop exemplary programming by dedicating a position as the point of contact to work closely with the Superintendent of HCPS and the Dean of the College of Education for the mutual educational benefit to both partners and to the Tampa Bay Community.


In order to enhance and expand this successful alliance, USF and the HCPS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership is designed to bring the expertise of USF faculty to work on pressing pre-K-12 educational issues and research.


“USF is so very pleased to cement its partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Schools by appointing Donna Elam, as the director of the Tampa Bay Educational Partnership effective Nov. 9,” said Colleen S. Kennedy, dean of the USF College of Education. Elam will be charged with the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the activities generated under the Tampa Bay Educational Partnership. 


"This is an incredible opportunity to bring the phenomenal research and expertise housed throughout the colleges at the University of South Florida to identify the issues, address the needs, and assist in finding solutions for the betterment of the Tampa Bay Community and Florida at-large. This initiative was made possible by the tremendous support of President Judy Genshaft and Dean Kennedy at the College of Education, and the vision of Superintendent MaryEllen Elia," said Elam.


Elam added, “We will use our strengths to connect the expertise across campus.” The College of Education and the Tampa Bay Educational Partnership, which is housed in the David C. Anchin Center, will be the point of contact and the catalyst for stimulating interdisciplinary research and other programmatic efforts throughout all of the colleges on the USF Tampa Campus in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Public School District.


“We recognize that Florida’s future depends upon building strong bonds between pre-K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to ensure every child’s success,” said Kennedy.


Kim Tucker can be reached at 813-974-7440.