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For the fourth time since last September, the University of South Florida has renamed one of its schools after receiving a gift of at least ten million dollars. But unlike the last three, this time it’s not a business school, but the School of Mass Communications that’s being "rebranded."

The new Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications is named after USF trustee, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman, who in March donated $10 million to his alma mater.

"There’s no better time than today to make the gift towards education, make the gift to give back to others, make the gift of forward education and make the gift to build the number one advertising communications school in the world," he said at a celebration outside the school.

Even with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik voicing their support for the plan, the Florida Board of Governors put the University of South Florida's proposed downtown Morsani College of Medicine on hold for the moment.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 12/9 11:30 a.m.:
Some information in the original post about the pay of other state university presidents was incorrect and has been removed.

Relocating the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine to Jeff Vinik's proposed redevelopment zone in downtown Tampa wasn't the only big story to come out of last week's USF Board of Trustees Meeting.

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University of South Florida System President, Dr. Judy Genshaft, sent a letter to USF staff, faculty and students Thursday regarding the Board of Trustees' vote to approve a new downtown Tampa facility for the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute:

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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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.

WATCH: USF President Judy Genshaft joins Red Sofa Tour

Sep 23, 2014
Lucielle Salomon / WUSF News

The American Heart Association's Tampa Bay Red Sofa Tour stopped by the University of South Florida to encourage people to take a seat and talk about heart disease.

The campaign is an effort to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Ashley Furniture Home Store is a sponsor of the campaign and they donated a custom-made red sofa, which will tour around the Tampa Bay area until Oct. 3.

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Among the big winners in the 2014-15 state budget signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday is the University of South Florida, which picked up funding for a number of projects that still needed support.

According to USF News, all five of the university's top legislative priorities were met.

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For the second time this week, a major figure at the University of South Florida announced his intent to retire in 2015.

Athletic Director Doug Woolard said on Thursday that he'll retire when his contract ends in June of next year. USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford announced on Tuesday that he'll step down in January 2015.

But while the official statement from USF was filled with glowing words for Woolard, ESPN's Brett McMurphy cited unnamed sources in saying Woolard was actually being replaced because of "wide-ranging dissatisfaction" with the USF football and men's basketball programs.

However, others disagreed, saying Woolard wasn't forced out.

USF Sarasota-Manatee

After 38 years with the University of South Florida, Arthur Guilford will retire as Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee next year.

While the 68-year-old Guilford will step down at the end of July 2014, he'll remain on to help with the transition to his replacement, and then officially retire in January 2015.

A national search headed by USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska will be conducted for Guilford's replacement. 

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Despite not having all the funding accounted for yet, ground was broken Tuesday (December 17th) on the USF Health Heart Institute.

The five-story, 100,000 square-foot facility will sit in the middle of the USF Health campus -- Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Health Morsani Center take up the other three corners of the intersection where the new Institute will be based.

The Institute is expected to cost $50 million to build. However, the state and Hillsborough County have awarded USF about $21.4 million so far. House Speaker Will Weatherford says he'll fight for the portion of the remaining funding from the state.

Jorge Cunha / WUSF

In late 2009, the University of South Florida formally announced its USF: Unstoppable Campaign, with a goal to raise $600 million dollars to fund the future needs of the school. Earlier this year, USF System President Judy Genshaft announced that the goal was surpassed with over $621 million raised.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While staff and faculty at the University of South Florida have $8 million in raises to look forward to, the looming specter of a $12 million budget cutback is casting a pall on the school's outlook.

The two conflicting themes came out of Wednesday, when President Judy Genshaft made her annual Fall Address to the USF System before speaking to the Faculty Senate.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled its list of the highest paid public university presidents for fiscal 2011-12, and the University of Florida's Bernie Machen is again the top earner in Florida.

The head Gator placed 9th among the 214 public university presidents ranked, with a total compensation package of $834,562. About 62 percent of that came from his base salary, the rest from a combination of bonuses, allowances and other compensation.

USF System President Judy Genshaft came in 22nd with a total compensation package of $685,429. Almost 70 percent of that total was in base pay ($470,000).

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Sophia T. Wisniewska, the chancellor of Penn State Brandywine, has been named the new regional chancellor of USF St. Petersburg.

According to a press release from USF News, the scholar of Russian language and literature held a number of leadership positions in the Penn State System. She also served as dean and CEO at Temple University Ambler for six years.

A few busloads of students from all three University of South Florida campuses will be heading to Tallahassee on Tuesday to meet with state lawmakers.

At least 70 students, along with university officials including President Judy Genshaft and head football coach Willie Taggart, will take part in USF Day at the Capitol.

They'd like to talk to legislators about a number of issues, including in-state tuition for veterans.

But USF Student Government President Brian Goff says the major topic of discussion will be funding for higher education.

One of the candidates to be the new USF football coach, Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart, may or may not have met with USF athletic director Doug Woolard. But Taggart's not saying much, instead focusing on preparations for his team's first-ever bowl game.

The Tampa Bay Times reports USF President Judy Genshaft is very enthused about the candidates interested in the vacant head football coaching position, saying the team has "a great future."

Aimee Blodgett / USF News

Unless you’ve been in the USF Sun Dome in the last week or two, then you really haven’t been in the Sun Dome!

The arena has reopened after a 36 million dollar renovation—but it’s almost like a completely new building. This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media takes you inside the new and improved Sun Dome, and hears from USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director Doug Woolard, who expressed some interesting thoughts about the possibility of an eventual on-campus football stadium.

No Layoffs At USF Poly For At Least A Year

Apr 30, 2012
John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

The University of South Florida may be closing its Lakeland campus, but those employees will have jobs for at least another year.

That’s according to USF president Judy Genshaft, who says employees will stay on staff until at least July 1, 2013.  Some employees left a meeting last week worried they may lose their jobs as early as July 1 of this year.

USF: Not Enough Money to Keep All USF-Poly Employees

Apr 24, 2012

Now that USF Polytechnic in Lakeland is becoming an independent university, one question is, what happens to all the current USF Poly faculty and staff?

Well, there may not be enough money to keep everyone on the payroll. The state Legislature only appropriated $10 million of the $18 million USF says it needs to absorb the faculty and staff.

USF President Judy Genshaft told USF Poly employees on Monday, "We will not be able to hire every single person," according to the Lakeland Ledger.

"Anything your school president can do, mine can do better," brags a new blog on tumblr that pokes gentle fun of  USF President Judy Genshaft.

It all starts with the picture of an excited Genshaft learning that the USF men's basketball team made the NCAA tournament.

When USF President Judy Genshaft calls the budget deal "very, very, very good," you know it must be for the university.

Leaders in the Florida House and Senate have agreed on a budget that largely spares the University of South Florida from the disproportionate budget cuts proposed by the state Senate.

The price: agreeing to grant independence to USF Polytechnic, which will become Florida Polytechnic, the state's 12th university.

In the last few weeks, USF President Judy Genshaft found herself in the fight of her career, taking on powerful lawmakers who wanted to slash USF's budget and make USF's branch campus in Lakeland into an independent school.

Florida Matters had a chance to talk with President Genshaft recently while she was in the middle of the budget fight. We've reported on that before.

We’ve been asked by several of our listeners about WUSF’s relationship to USF as the station covers the fight over budget cuts to the university. I’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of them.

Why don’t you put a disclaimer on every story you run on USF?

WUSF is part of the University of South Florida. I believe that is very clear to our audience.

USF is part of our call letters. We often announce that we’re a service of the University of South Florida.

USF President Judy Genshaft says there’s one positive side effect of almost having $128 million cut from the budget: seeing the Tampa Bay delegation and community rally around USF.

“We believe the University of South Florida is very strong and will remain strong. And we’ve shown this strength through the outpouring of comments and e-mails and calls,” she said.

“The legislators have heard very loudly that the University of South Florida system: Don’t mess with it.”

Senator JD Alexander has said the the way USF supporters have portrayed proposed budget cuts is unfair.

He says the cuts proposed for USF are justified because of the university's reserves and not that different from other similar institutions, such as UCF.

On Florida Matters, we interviewed USF President Judy Genshaft about how she's dealing with the budget fight and what she calls a "crisis."

Since the Florida Senate unveiled a budget that could lead to over 100 million dollars in cuts to the University of South Florida, reaction has been fast and furious.

When it came to the Senate's proposed budget, USF Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Budget, Graham Tobin expected his university to take a hit--but not the kind of wallop the Senate delivered.

"We were anticipating some budget cuts given the mood of the state and the politicians, but the degree of change was significant, and, yes, there was some shock."

Some Tampa Bay lawmakers are reacting with anger and defiance to a Senate proposal to cut 58 percent of state funding for the University of South Florida.

Those proposed cuts are more than twice as big as the proposed reductions for other universities, according to an analysis by USF.

Senate Finance Chairman J.D. Alexander of Lake Wales pushed for the cuts after USF President Judy Genshaft opposed him on independence for USF Polytechnic.

Senator Mike Fasano of New Port Richey didn't mince words today in describing what he thinks of Alexander's actions:

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees is launching a campaign to convince the Florida State Senate not to impose a budget that would cut 58 percent of USF's funding. Other universities face cuts, but more in the 20 to 25 percent range.

At an emergency meeting last night, the trustees discussed the potential impact of the cuts, which include unfunded spending commitments for USF Polytechnic, which would immediate become independent under the Senate legislation.

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