New Chancellor for USF Poly

David Touchton is named new interim Regional Chancellor for USF Polytechnic, charged with mandate for independence.


From USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2011) – University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft has appointed Florida business leader David Touchton as Interim Regional Chancellor and Campus Executive Officer for USF Polytechnic.


Touchton’s appointment aligns USF Polytechnic’s leadership toward a series of thresholds set up by the Florida Board of Governors of the State University System for USF Polytechnic to achieve first accreditation and then independence as a university.


Touchton will serve until a national search finds a leader demonstrating experience with the polytechnic model and strong credentials in STEM fields. The search will begin in January, 2012.


Marshall Goodman previously served in this role and will return to the faculty after a year of professional development leave.


A USF alumnus, Touchton has led major accounting and investment firms. He is a past recipient of USF Polytechnic’s Distinguished Service Award – an award for leaders who have been strong supporters of the community, of education and of USF Polytechnic.


“David Touchton is a respected business and community leader, and someone who cares deeply about the future of USF Polytechnic and Polk County,” said Genshaft.


“The Florida Board of Governors has charged the USF System with establishing a transparent path to independence for USF Polytechnic. We have begun that path, and we need the team to get it done. I believe David is the right person to lead a clear path to meet those thresholds,” she added.


USF has created a website to communicate and monitor the thresholds established by the Florida Board of Governors, here: In addition to the mandate given the USF System, there are two oversight groups, established by the USF Board of Trustees, and by the Florida Board of Governors.


“I’m here to help president Genshaft move forward with the Board of Governors’ decision. I am honored to be selected for this role and to be leading the charge for accreditation and independence of USF Polytechnic,” Touchton said.


“I look forward to working with the faculty and students, and Dr. James Payne, the chief academic officer. I will rely on Dr. Payne’s academic experience and background to ensure we achieve shared governance and transparent planning as we continue down this exciting path.”


Touchton will oversee major construction projects on the new USF Polytechnic campus. Construction on the new USF Polytechnic campus located on I-4 will accelerate this year.


A 1965 USF graduate in accounting, Touchton is the former Chairman and Managing Partner for NCT Financial Services, LLC, responsible for accounting for colleges and universities, as well as DAMAT Investments, LLC, a real estate investment firm. He is currently Managing Member of DMT Investments, LLC, and works with LarsonAllen CPA’s.


Among his many civic leadership roles, he is the immediate past president and director of the Central Florida Development Council.  He is president of Servpro of Bartow and Lakeland Highlands.


Media contact: Lara Wade, 813-974-9060.