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USF System President Recognized as a Woman of Influence

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Presents Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award to USF System President Judy Genshaft.


USF System President Genshaft received the 2015 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence award. Photo by Carrie Wildes Photography


TAMPA, Fla. (April 6, 2015) –  A "game changer," that's how 2006 Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Chair Jose Valiente described USF System President Judy Genshaft as he announced the winner of the 2015 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award at the chamber’s annual Women of Influence Luncheon.

“President Genshaft is a game changer. She has great vision for our community and leads the USF System with great enthusiasm. She demonstrates the ability to go above and beyond every day,” Valiente said.

The Woman of Influence Award, presented annually by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, recognizes a woman whose leadership has made a positive impact in Hillsborough County. It pays tribute to an individual who exemplifies outstanding professional values; demonstrates the ability to go above and beyond the normal expectations of a leader; and serves as an inspiration to the community.

Under President Genshaft’s leadership, the chamber noted, USF has become one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation with a rapidly expanding international reputation for academics, research and innovation. During her tenure, USF has been recognized as a top 50 research university and grown to be the 9th largest public research university in the nation, with an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of more than $4.4 billion for the Tampa Bay region.

President Genshaft was presented the award before an audience of more than 800 attendees at the luncheon featuring Emily Núñez Cavness and Betsy Núñez, co-founders of Sword & Plough, a company that works with veterans to repurpose military surplus fabric into stylish bags.


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