FIO Head Tapped for Interim Post

USF System President Genshaft appoints William Hogarth as interim USFSP regional chancellor.

By Vickie Chachere

USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (July 12, 2012) – University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft has named William Hogarth as interim regional chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and appointed Frank A. Biafora, dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences, to lead a search committee for a new regional chancellor.

Hogarth, currently director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, will assume duties at USFSP on Aug. 6 while continuing his leadership of the marine science consortium. A national search is underway for a new regional chancellor following the resignation of USFSP Regional Chancellor Margaret Sullivan.

Hogarth served as Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science from 2007 to 2010 and has been FIO’s director since 2011. Hogarth is also the former director of the National Marine Fisheries Service and served as chairman of the International Whaling Commission and the high-profile International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. Hogarth holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Richmond in Virginia and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

“Bill Hogarth is the right choice to lead USF St. Petersburg while we search for the best and most capable individual as a permanent regional chancellor,” Genshaft said.  “Bill is a respected administrator who has cultivated deep relationships within the community and who will keep USFSP moving forward on its path to excellence. He knows the institution and the community, he understands the USF System and he is committed to the success of our students.”

Hogarth said he is looking forward to working with USFSP faculty, staff and students as the institution continues to build on its growing list of accomplishments. The new University Student Center opens in late August with room for nearly 200 residential students and a dining hall. A new Student Life Center, with USFSP’s first student health clinic, opens in the fall. The separately accredited institution will also launch two new academic programs this fall - biology major and an online master’s degree in digital journalism and design.


“USFSP is a vibrant and exciting place to be and I welcome the opportunity to be involved with the institution in a new capacity,” Hogarth said. “USF College of Marine Science and FIO are next door neighbors to USFSP and I have witnessed the progress there firsthand. I know there are great opportunities to build on what has become the intellectual and scientific center of our community.”

Biafora will head a search committee comprised of key stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff and community and business leaders. The committee will work with national search firm R. William Funk & Associates in developing a slate of potential candidates.

“I am honored to lead this important effort, which will help continue the forward momentum we have seen under the leadership of Regional Chancellor Margaret Sullivan,’’ Biafora said. “While many details are still to be determined, I am committed to a transparent and inclusive process.’’

Vickie Chachere can be reached at 813-974-6251.