Hyatt Appointed Senior VP for Business and Finance

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2008) – The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of James A. Hyatt as senior vice president for business and finance. He begins Nov. 17.

“James Hyatt is highly regarded as an authority on budgeting and cost accounting at the college and university levels,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “We are truly delighted and quite fortunate to have him join us at this critical time in USF’s growth process.”

Hyatt comes to USF from the National Campus Safety and Security Project, an initiative supported by ten of the nation’s leading higher education associations and headquartered in the offices of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2004 to 2008) where he also served as executive vice president of the Virginia Tech Foundation and on the boards of various university-related corporations. He also served as a member of the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Policy Advisory Board and is currently serving as the president of the World Institute for Disaster Risk Management, Inc.

Hyatt was vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the University of California at Berkeley (1991-2004) and prior to this he held the position of assistant vice president for resource planning and budgets with the University of Maryland, College Park (1987-1991). From 1979 to 1987, Hyatt was with the National Association of College and University Business Officers where he held the positions of interim executive vice president (1986-1987) and director of the financial management center (1983-1986).He began his career in 1976 in the budget and planning area at the University of Washington at Seattle.

“Our search process was a resounding success, and we are very happy that we attracted someone of Mr. Hyatt’s caliber,” said Karen Holbrook, vice president for research and innovation, and chair of the search advisory committee. “He has experience in complex campus structures and financial environments, campus safety, business systems – in fact, Jim is exactly what we were looking for. His experience at Cal Berkeley, University of Maryland-College Park, and Virginia Tech will prove invaluable as we continue to move USF to the next level. We look forward to welcoming Jim and his wife, Sandy, to our campus.”

Hyatt holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Washington and is the author and co-author of numerous books, articles and research studies focusing primarily on planning and financial management in higher education.

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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