USF Opens New Southeast Florida Recruitment Office

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2008) – The University of South Florida is celebrating the grand opening of its Southeast Florida Recruitment Office Friday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. The office serves as the university’s hub for admissions activities targeting undergraduate students in Southeast Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.

USF was able to open the office thanks to the generous support of Jordan Zimmerman, a USF alumnus and founder and chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The agency is the country’s leading national retail brand builder and its 14th largest advertising agency. Zimmerman donated space in his agency’s building at 2200 W. Commercial Blvd., and provides the university’s office with phone, internet, photocopying and fax services.

USF is a popular destination for some of the top students from Southeast Florida, and recognition is growing for the university throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. With two full-time admissions professionals in Ft. Lauderdale, USF can more effectively communicate and assist prospective and admitted students, parents, advisors, teachers and high school and community college administrators in the region.

The university is uniquely positioned to serve the higher education needs of students from Southeast Florida. USF is a very diverse campus, with one in three of its students representing populations historically underrepresented in higher education both in Florida and nationally. USF is also recognized as the top destination for students transferring from other colleges or universities to complete a bachelor’s degree, and therefore has several academic support services in place to meet the needs of transfer students. This is of particular interest to students from Palm Beach and Broward Community Colleges as well as Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest educational institution, whose graduates often seek out transfer opportunities at state universities.

“USF greatly values the diversity of its student body, which is reflective of the demographics of Southeast Florida,” said USF Admissions Director J. Robert Spatig. “Our current students from the area tell us that USF feels like home because they can engage in the activities of a major city and meet friends from diverse backgrounds. Bringing our admissions services right to their door is a natural fit.”

The USF Southeast Florida Recruitment Office is led by Ruben Delgado, director of the regional office and associate director of undergraduate admissions at USF. He is joined by Bryan Anderson, assistant director of the office and assistant director of undergraduate admissions. Delgado and Anderson bring with them more than 20 years combined experience in higher education. Most recently, Delgado was senior assistant director of admissions at the University of Central Florida, and Anderson came to USF with admissions leadership experience at Miami Dade College and Barry University.

 “In the six months Bryan and I have been in Southeast Florida representing USF, we have met hundreds of students, educators, and families that are excited about the opportunities available at USF,” Delgado said. “The office location allows us to focus on students in the area and make personal connections that would be too difficult if we were in Tampa. These connections are even more crucial for students who will be the first in their families to attend college.”

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. 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 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs