Visot Named to Army Reserve Leadership

In civilian life, Luis Visot has headed up the Joint Military Leadership Center at USF since 2004.


Maj. Gen. Luis Visot with students in the Army ROTC program who were commissioned Thursday. Photo: Aimee Blodgett | USF News


From USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (May 3, 2012) – Maj. Gen. Luis R. Visot, who oversees the Joint Military Leadership Center at the University of South Florida, has been named to a top post in the U.S. Army Reserve operations at Fort Bragg, N.C.


Visot, who has been executive director of the Leadership Center since May 2004, will become one of two Deputy Commanding Generals in charge of all facets of the 205,000-member Army Reserves. He will oversee units dealing with intelligence, engineering, logistics, civil affairs and the military police, among others.


The appointment was announced this week, but Visot is awaiting orders specifying the date he will assume his new role.


“I’m deeply humbled that the Army has asked me to serve in this role,” Visot said Thursday in an interview at his office in the C.W. Young building on campus. “To me, it’s all about service to our nation and to our soldiers and families.”


Visot said he will most likely request a military leave of absence from USF. The Fort Bragg assignment is a two-year post.


Visot has been with USF since 1981, first as a resident instructor in the Housing and Food Service Department. He has held numerous positions at the university, including director of the Marshall Student Center, director of academic support services and director of advancement and alumni affairs.


During his long-time military career, Visot has served on active duty in Iraq three times and in Bosnia in the mid-1990s.


“I would not have been able to have done what I have in my military career without the support I have received from the State of Florida and the University of South Florida, and I am grateful for the stellar leadership of President Judy Genshaft,” Visot said.