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The pending retirement of University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft has started what will likely be a nationwide search for her successor. Genshaft's predecessor - Betty Castor - says that person will have to have equal experience in the academic and business communities. That's because much of the president's time is spent on fundraising.

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UPDATED 3/9, 10 a.m. with details on Stone's resignation, as well as with copies of Stone and Genshaft's letters to the USF Sarasota-Manatee community.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is looking for a new leader as Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone resigned on Wednesday.

USF Student Part Of Trump's Case For School Choice

Mar 3, 2017
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In his address to a joint-session of Congress this week, President Trump celebrated the success of Denisha Merriweather, a graduate student at the University of South Florida.

Governor Gives Backing To Dozier ‘Justice’ Bill

Mar 31, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a bill addressing what one lawmaker described as a "dark chapter" in Florida history at a now-shuttered reform school.

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UPDATED 3/3/16 10 P.M. Updated to correct possible percentage increase on Genshaft's contract with bonus offer. The removal of a retention stipend of $100,000 per year that was in her previous contract was not factored into our equation. Taking that removal into account drops the possible increase from 20 percent to 8 percent.

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees is expected to offer System President Judy Genshaft a one year contract extension - with a pay raise - at a Thursday meeting.

Genshaft, who turned 68 in January, is already USF's longest serving president, having held the position since 2000.

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Shopping will soon be a pleasure for University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who will be able to stop at a new Publix Supermarket going up where the Andros student living complex currently is. 

The Florida Board of Governors - the head of  the State University System of Florida - approved the plan to build the store Thursday.

The contract with the Lakeland-based chain would run for 21 years, with six five-year renewals available for a 50-year total term. 

A USF Board of Trustees workgroup is recommending the university cut a number of underperforming bachelors and masters level degree programs. The Tampa Tribune reports the cuts will allow USF to offer programs that have better job prospects. The full Board of Trustees will take up the recommendations at its meeting this Thursday, Dec. 3.

The University of South Florida's plans to build a new medical school in downtown Tampa and a new College of Business building in St. Petersburg have run into a bonding snag in the Florida Legislature. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the House of Representatives is in favor of raising the $45 million for the two projects by borrowing money on the bond market. However, the Senate and Governor Rick Scott are opposed to that proposal.

Ron Paul's talks no longer draw the thousands of his stumping days, but he's hoping for a big turnout when he visits USF to deliver "a candid look at the American political system," according to USF organizers. The speech, free and open to the public, is part of the student-run University Lecture Series. USF said Paul will use anecdotes from his two decades in Congress to "highlight his views on the need for a limited government, more personal liberties and will advocate for liberty in politics."

This lack of prosecution in campus rape cases is a statewide phenomenon. Records collected from USF and eight other Florida universities found that prosecutions are nearly nonexistent. In 2012 and 2013, only two cases out of more than 50 reported have faced prosecution. Both of those cases involve the same suspect at Florida Gulf Coast University. Victim advocates and some state attorneys say the rate of prosecution for campus rapes is lower than sexual battery cases that happen outside the collegiate setting. Local prosecutors say uncooperative victims often stymie their efforts. They question whether investigators place too much responsibility on victims as a way to avoid pursuing difficult cases.

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has a new leader.

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named the new regional chancellor, replacing Dr. Arthur Guilford, who retired this past July.

"I grew up with dialogue between — heated dialogue — the family," she says. "I grew up hearing different opinions, and, honestly, if there's one thing I'm grateful for it was that after we would all raise Cain about politics with each other, we'd sit down and have meals and have fun and know we loved each other, and to this day, I like hearing different opinions. It's critical to what I do in a divided state."

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University of South Florida Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw knows what people are thinking when they hear he's delivering a 'last lecture' tonight at the Marshall Student Center.

"When somebody hears the 'last lecture,' they think it's ominous, that you're dying or you're retiring," Kaw says with a laugh. "I don't want to do (either) at this age!"

Notice that the first paragraph said 'a' last lecture - that's because Kaw, who was named one of the 2012 Professors of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is taking part in the Last Lecture series.

It's a concept that's been around for years - including at USF since 2010 - where top professors and faculty give a hypothetical last speech about something that truly matters to them and try to pass along lessons they've learned in life.

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A former USF Health librarian accused of using her university purchasing card, or "PCard," to run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses will face a light punishment.

As more and more facets of the Affordable Care Act take hold, the demand for nurse practitioners will surge. The University of South Florida is opening up places for would-be students.

A University of South Florida communications official accused of creating a hostile work environment has resigned. Michael Hoad, who as vice president of communications was the face of the university during such events as the firing of football coach Jim Leavitt and the acrimonious split of the Florida Polytechnic campus from USF, resigned effective Friday.

Rocky the Bull Wants Twitter Votes for Shorty Awards

Jan 28, 2013

Rocky the Bull- USF's mascot, is asking people to cast their votes on Twitter for the university. USF is nominated for a Shorty Award which honors those who produce real-time short content across social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Tumblr. USF is ranked fifth out of 174 nominated schools.

A USF student is giving thanks to those who came to her aid and saved her life after she collapsed outside a classroom during finals week.