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Maj. Gen. Luis Visot to Celebrate Retirement after 35 Years at USF

Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley and USF System President Judy Genshaft will lead the ceremony.

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2016) -- Maj. Gen. Luis Visot will celebrate his 35-year career at the University of South Florida at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16. during a retirement ceremony in the C.W. Bill Young Hall building, located at 12303 USF Maple Ave. on the USF Tampa campus.

Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley will preside over the ceremony along with USF System President Judy Genshaft. More than 200 people are expected to attend, including Visot’s Army and civilian friends, family and colleagues.

Beginning in 1981, Visot held a number of positions at USF. He worked his way from resident instructor to assistant director of residence halls for USF Housing operations, during which he prioritized student engagement, development and leadership.

In 1990 Visot, then a captain in the Army, was called to serve in the Middle East for Operation Desert Shield. Upon his return to USF in 1991, he worked under the namesake of the Marshall Student Center, Phyllis Marshall, first as assistant director of operations and then assistant director of the MSC. Visot was promoted to the director position after Marshall retired in 1994. Before Marshall left, though, she was credited as the “matchmaker” for Visot and his now wife, Cynthia Visot, who met during Marshall’s time as director.

Since then Visot has also held the positions of special assistant to the director of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, director of development for student and campus life and, most recently, executive director for the Joint Military Leadership Center at USF. The goal of the JMLC is to provide Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, midshipmen and officer candidates with skills in leadership development, global understanding, and national security and military defense strategies.

In November, Money magazine named USF as the number one school in the country on its “Great Colleges for Veterans” list, while Military Times magazine ranked USF second in its annual “Best for Vets” rankings.

Visot also recently retired from the military and his position of Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was recognized this past December at the USARC holiday celebration for his 37-year military career, which Lt. Gen. Talley also attended.

“There is no other individual in the history of the Army Reserve that has made such a significant, positive impact as Major General Visot has made,” said Lt. Gen. Talley. “We can’t thank you enough for all you have done. We will truly, truly miss you.”

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