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The Florida House Education Committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would merge the state’s two smallest and youngest public universities with its two oldest ones – and that’s not sitting well with some.

Under Brevard County Republican Rep. Randy Fine's proposal (PCB EDC 20-03), Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland would become part of the University of Florida, while New College of Florida in Sarasota would become part of Florida State University.

When Michael Fountain retires next May, the founding director of the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship will be leaving behind both a school and field, that have changed greatly in the almost 25 years he’s been there.

Steven Currall was formally inaugurated as University of South Florida’s seventh president Thursday in a ceremony highlighting his career and the university’s successes.

Delegates from all three campuses and universities all over the world were in attendance to hear Currall’s vision for USF’s future.  

University of South Florida President Steven Currall is looking forward to his inauguration Thursday, as much for the USF community as for himself.

Under legislation passed last year, the University of South Florida has until next summer to bring the accreditation of its three campuses under one umbrella.

But when System President Steven Currall presented a consolidation plan to the USF Board of Trustees last month, it drew criticism from some students and faculty, as well as lawmakers, who blasted it for giving too much control over USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee to leaders on the Tampa campus.

Chris Sprowls
Florida House of Representatives

The Tampa Bay area should get a larger voice in the state legislature next year. Members of the Florida House on Tuesday named Chris Sprowls of Pinellas County as its next speaker.

President Steven Currall and the USF Board of Trustees
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At Tuesday’s University of South Florida Board of Trustees meeting, President Steven Currall presented an update on the consolidation process between the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. 

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

A University of South Florida Board of Trustees committee received a report on the consolidation of the school's accreditation Tuesday, and much of it is what many people wanted to hear.