Carlucci Leaving USF for Houston

TAMPA, FL (Wednesday, April 9, 2008)Dr. Carl Carlucci, USF’s executive vice president and CFO has announced that he has accepted a similar position at the University of Houston, where former USF Provost Renu Khator took office as president three months ago.

Carlucci has been at USF since 2000. From leading the charge to construct USF’s Research Park to upgrading business practices, his contributions have made an impact. USF has seen a tremendous growth in new construction during Carlucci’s tenure. He managed the financing of nine new buildings, none of which were state funded.

USF President Judy Genshaft praised Carlucci’s leadership. “Dr. Carlucci has been a great CFO and we’re a better University because of his efforts,” she said. “I look forward to welcoming him back to the ribbon cuttings of all the buildings he has started.”

“Carl made a lot of contributions to the University,” said Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith. “These include countless better deals with vendors, much better returns on our investments relative to the market, more privately-financed construction than at any time in USF’s history, and he leaves the University with its highest bond rating ever. Those are significant accomplishments.

”Garin Flowers, student body president and a member of the Board of Trustees, said, “It is upsetting news to hear that Dr. Carlucci is leaving our university. He was a pinnacle part to much of its success these past 7 years and has been a student friendly administrator. Not only does he give student leaders advice on how to better serve the university, but also in life as well. It will be tough to fill his shoes.

”Carlucci will begin his position at the University of Houston in May.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.