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USF President Steven Currall poses for a photo in front of a backdrop.
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For the first time since 2000, the University of South Florida has a new president. Steven Currall, who was named to the job in March, officially became the university’s seventh president on July 1.


Judy Genshaft talks with WUSF's Mark Schreiner about her 19 years as USF System President in April.
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We’re into the final days of Judy Genshaft’s tenure as president of the University of South Florida.

I sat down recently for a two-part interview with Genshaft, who will retire July 1 after leading USF for 19 years. In the first part, we discussed her successes. In this part, she reflected some more, including on some of the low points of her administration.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and Trustee Vice Chair Les Muma at a June 5 meetin.
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On July 1, Judy Genshaft will retire after 19 years as the president of the University of South Florida System.

During the 71-year-old’s nearly two decades leading USF, the school’s enrollment grew by 40 percent, its four-year graduation rate tripled. Its endowment nearly doubled from $254 million to $480 million.

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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.

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The University of South Florida will see some major changes over the next 20 months.

First, it has to replace Judy Genshaft, who retires as President effective July 1, 2019. Then, the state-mandated deadline for USF to consolidate its three campuses under a single accreditation falls exactly a year later.

Both issues were on the minds of the USF Board of Trustees at their final meeting of 2018 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft is scheduled to retire next summer. But before that happens, the school's Board of Trustees is deciding on her annual bonus. 

After 18 years in charge of the University of South Florida System, President Judy Genshaft announced her retirement Monday.

“It’s really important to see the university reach all these heights and to move forward,” she said at a news conference on the Tampa campus. 

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft delivered her 18th "State of the University" address Wednesday, which included unveiling a new academic logo for the school.

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In the minutes following last week's Florida Board of Governors' vote establishing the University of South Florida as the state's third preeminent university, USF System President Judy Genshaft was savoring the accomplishment, but already looking ahead. 

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During her medallion speech in 2001, University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft set a goal: get USF on the same level as the state's two flagship schools, the University of Florida and Florida State University.

At 10:59 a.m. Wednesday, that goal finally came to fruition.

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Tucked away in a higher education bill moving through the Florida House is a modification that would phase out separate accreditation at two University of South Florida campuses.

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The University of South Florida System Board of Trustees on Thursday awarded President Judy Genshaft a  $263,175 performance bonus.

USF Reaches Top Tier Of State Universities

Sep 7, 2017
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The University of South Florida will join the ranks of Florida's “pre-eminent” state universities, USF President Judy Genshaft announced Wednesday in her fall address at the Tampa-based school.

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Make no mistake about it, Kayla Cole is going to graduate this year.

She has to so she can start a new job in the fall.

Now, thanks to a summer semester scholarship program, the University of South Florida public health major will graduate on time. 

USF Looks To Add Faculty, Boost Standing

May 25, 2017
Statues of bulls outside the USF Marshall Student Center.
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With the goal of becoming one of the top public-research institutions in the country, the University of South Florida is being guided by a plan to hire 300 new faculty members over the next five years.

The plan would reduce the student-to-faculty ratio on the Tampa campus from the current 22 students per instructor to a 19-to-1 ratio. The move could help the school increase research funding, attract more top-quality faculty and help students graduate more quickly with degrees in high-demand professions.

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As more than 6,000 students received their degrees from the University of South Florida this weekend, school officials were urging the Tampa Bay area community to call Florida lawmakers who made a last-minute change to the qualifications for universities to receive "preeminence status." 

It's a move that stands to take away more than $10 million from USF. 

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft sat down with University Beat's Mark Schreiner to talk about some of the school's 2016 highlights and to look ahead at 2017.

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One of the trademarks of Judy Genshaft's tenure as President of the University of South Florida has been an effort at raising the school's national reputation when it comes to research.

The result of that work was on display Wednesday when she made her annual address to faculty, staff and students.

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UPDATED at 2:30 p.m. on 6/23 with Pres. Genshaft quote and information on how USF will use the funding.

The University of South Florida is one step closer to joining the University of Florida and Florida State University as one of the state's elite public universities - and one step closer to receiving the funding that goes with that ranking.

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On Monday, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft sent a letter to faculty and staff announcing a new direction - a "path to preeminence" - that aims at bringing the school into "the ranks of America's most elite universities in the next few years."

It's more than just a phrase. Schools in the State University System that achieve "preeminence" or "emerging preeminence" get additional funding from the Florida Legislature.

But what do these statuses actually mean?