Marshall Criser III Named Chancellor of the State University System of Florida

USF News

MIAMI (Nov. 20, 2013 ) - The Board of Governors named Marshall Criser III chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Criser, president of AT&T Florida, was the leading candidate recommended by the Board of Governors chancellor search committee at a meeting last week. The full board approved the recommendation unanimously today as part of its regular meeting at Florida International University.

“I’m proud of the work of the Board of Governors’ chancellor search committee, and I know we’ve made a fantastic pick in Marshall Criser,” said Mori Hosseini, chair of the search committee and vice chair of the Board of Governors. “I know he shares our enthusiasm for advancing higher education in Florida, and I have no doubt the State University System will enjoy even more great successes under his leadership.”

“Marshall Criser has the leadership skills and higher education experience we need to help us move the State University System even further forward,” said Dean Colson, chair of the Board of Governors. “Importantly, he is closely familiar with our many critical initiatives now underway, including performance-based funding, the expansion of online learning, and the Commission on Higher Education Access and Attainment’s workforce gap analysis. I look forward to working with Marshall on these and many other critical issues.”

Criser has been a long-time leader in Florida higher education and just began his fourth year as the Florida House Speaker’s appointee to the Higher Education Coordinating Council, which he chairs. He is a member of the Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees in California and is vice chair of University of Florida’s Board of Trustees — a post he will vacate upon beginning his tenure as chancellor.

Criser was nominated by former Florida Rep. Bill Proctor and received a letter of support from the chair of Workforce Florida. He replaces Frank T. Brogan, who resigned in October to take a similar position in Pennsylvania.

“The University of South Florida System congratulates Marshall Criser III on his selection as Chancellor of the State University System and the USF community looks forward to working closely with him in building a strong and vibrant university system,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “As one of Florida’s foremost business leaders with a long record of advocacy for higher education, he brings a unique and valuable perspective to higher education that will allow our universities to be even stronger partners in creating a successful, prosperous and inclusive future for our state.”

Criser will begin on Jan. 6 in Tallahassee.

“It is a privilege to be selected by the Board of Governors to be the Chancellor for the State University System,” Criser said.

“I believe that our state has laid the foundation to be the leader in academic quality, access for Florida’s students, and accountability to ensure the value of investing in Florida’s future. My deepest thanks to Governor Colson and Governor Hosseini, and to all the members of the search process, for their commitment and effort. I am excited to work with this board and the professionals in the Board of Governors’ office. I am especially grateful to Interim Chancellor Ignash for her continued commitment to excellence. Most especially, I thank my wife Kimberly and our family. I am humbled by their support that allows me to participate in Florida’s pursuit of the pinnacle of excellence in higher education for Florida’s students, families and communities.”

Criser’s appointment garnered broad support among Florida’s legislative and higher education leaders.

“I have known and worked closely with Marshall Criser for more than a decade and am confident that his experience in both education and business will provide unique insights into aligning education with the realities and opportunities of today’s economy,” said Florida Senate President Don Gaetz.

"Marshall is a proven business leader and a respected voice in the dialogue on leading Florida's state universities into the next era of higher education,” said Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford. “He will make a great chancellor."

“I know that being chancellor is no easy task, and Marshall has the right mix of intellect, energy and focus to take our system to the next level,” said John Delaney, president of the University of North Florida and chair of the system’s Presidents Council. “He is a proven champion for our universities.”