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Transcript Winter 2014 Newsletter

USF System President Judy Genshaft's Winter 2014 Video Newsletter

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

The end of the year is a time of celebration across the USF System as we congratulate our new graduates, mark many new goals accomplished and begin important new initiatives.

We are very proud to welcome the 4 thousand 4 hundred new graduates from the Fall Commencement ceremonies who now join more than 250 thousand proud USF Bulls Alumni.

USF’s laser-like focus on student success has helped our campuses achieve one of the fastest rising graduation rates among public research universities nationwide.

Just this fall, the prestigious Center for American Progress recognized USF as one of three universities across the United States whose academic support programs make a difference for all of our students.

We know the knowledge economy will thrive when all students have the support they need to graduate and be competitive in their careers.

In 2014 USF set a new record in research, with our faculty earning more than $428 million dollars in new grants and contracts in the last academic year.

Our USF College of Marine Science was awarded more than 20 million dollars to continue research on the Gulf oil spill one of our largest single grants ever outside of the College of Medicine.

And USF also set new records for patents, licenses, and startup companies, ranking 15th in the world among universities in securing new U.S. patents.

USF also set a new record in philanthropy with the new Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USF St Petersburg and the new Muma College of Business in Tampa.

While we are very proud of all we’ve accomplished, we’re also very excited about the big developments 2015 will bring.

In a very significant project the USF Trustees have approved a plan that will co-locate the Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

This move will position USF Health as the centerpiece of an incredible new development created by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Mr. Jeff Vinik.

This move will elevate our excellent medical education and patient care programs, while creating an academic medical and research core in Tampa’s downtown.

We also will be closer to Tampa General Hospital, which is our major teaching facility.

On the Tampa campus, we will continue our strong affiliation with the Haley Veterans Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Shriners Hospital for Children and Florida Hospital.

We will use the space created by the move to expand our research and academic capabilities in nursing, neurosciences, cancer treatment and drug development programs.

We are at a critical juncture in the redevelopment of our regional economy and this plan will generate a wave of investment in our region’s medical and biosciences sector.

Both locations will create an environment for local start-ups to thrive and it will be a powerful attractor for large high-tech employers looking to relocate.

While this plan is still in its early stages, we are looking forward to the process of seeking final approval from the Florida Board of Governors and support from the Florida Legislature and the governor.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the USF System as we see the wide-ranging impact of hard work and innovative thinking.

Thank you for being a part of this tremendous success story!

Happy holidays and Go Bulls!

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