Transcript: Winter 2013 President's Report

Hello, I'm Judy Genshaft, President of the University of South Florida System.

As this busy year draws to a close and we take some much-needed time to be with family and friends, I wanted to thank you all for your tremendous support and contributions to the University of South Florida institutions.

Our university has had an incredible year of achievement due to the hard work, dedication and focus of our students, faculty and staff.

These are challenging times, but USF is a system with a strategic vision and a clear sense of its goals – and that’s why we are unstoppable!

USF now ranks 43rd among both public and private institutions in the United States in research expenditures – that’s a big 10 point jump up the ranks.

We also were recently recognized with the prestigious Simon Award for our efforts to internationalize the university and prepare our students to be successful in a global economy.

And two of our university inventors were recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for their innovations and carrying on the American spirit of ingenuity.

USF is putting innovation to work in our community with some amazing ways. The new USF Heart Institute will pioneer treatments in heart disease and is now under construction as we bring the latest in life-saving research directly to patients.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, is that we can set big goals for ourselves and meet them.

That’s why I am so excited that we are extending our Unstoppable campaign with a new goal of raising 1 billion dollars for the university!

This campaign has changed the landscape of our campuses, supported our students and paved the way for world-changing research that is making life better for people across the Tampa Bay region and even around the world.

So as we reflect on all our challenges and opportunities, we can be proud that the University of South Florida System continues to grow and thrive as an institution we’ve built together.

From our USF family to yours, our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!