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More than 5,000 students will receive their degrees during the University of South Florida’s 119th commencement convocation.

According to Feeding Tampa Bay, over 700,000 people in the region are food insecure, which means they don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.

Some believe that food sovereignty is the answer.

When Heather Howard cut ties with her parents last year, the University of South Florida senior suddenly found herself wondering where she would find her next meal.

“I had like a survival mindset. I felt like I had just been abandoned in the woods, and I had to just make do with what I had,” she said. “I was looking up plants I could forage. I was desperate.”

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

The origin of the University of South Florida Jabil Innovation Institute is like that of many great ideas thoughout history – drawn up on a cocktail napkin by two people talking over drinks.

Two Tampa area leaders in education and technology are teaming up, as the University of South Florida Jabil Innovation Institute was unveiled Thursday.

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.

FBI: Inmate Is Most Prolific Serial Killer In US History

Oct 8, 2019

The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

USF, UF, FSU See Gains In Best College Rankings

Sep 9, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at Florida State University Monday morning, praising the school for ranking as the country's 18th best public university in the latest U.S. News and World World Report rankings.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials are bragging about the University of South Florida, Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

Middle school teachers fill out a practice sheet
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University of South Florida psychologists are using a new $375,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to teach Pasco County teachers how to better identify mental health risk in their students.

University of South Florida President Steven Currall met with USF St. Petersburg Student Government leaders on their campus on his first official day on the job July 1.
USF Communications and Marketing

Steven Currall is settling in as the President of the University of South Florida. Currall, 60, officially became the university’s seventh president on July 1.

Currall talked to WUSF’s University Beat in one of his first extended interviews with any Tampa Bay area reporter. 


USF President Steven Currall poses for a photo in front of a backdrop.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

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.


Steven Currall speaks to USF research faculty at the Patel Center in Tampa on his first day as USF President Monday.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

By Mark Schreiner

Steven Currall’s first official day as University of South Florida President Monday began with a trip of a few hundred feet from his new home in the Lifsey House on the Tampa campus to the Gibbons Alumni Center next door.

It wrapped up with visits to the USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee campuses. In between, he laid out a plan that will take the school into the next 12 months and beyond.

Steven Currall
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By Mark Schreiner

The changing of the guard becomes official at the University of South Florida Monday as Steven Currall becomes President.

He succeeds Judy Genshaft, who is retiring after 19 years leading the school.

USF President Judy Genshaft stands in front of a fountain on the Tampa campus.
USF Marketing and Communications

With University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft’s July 1 retirement approaching, this week's Florida Matters looks back at her 19 years leading USF.

Host Robin Sussingham talks to Assistant News Directors Steve Newborn and Mark Schreiner, who have covered Genshaft since both arrived at WUSF in 2001, shortly after Genshaft became USF's sixth president.


Judy Genshaft talks with WUSF's Mark Schreiner about her 19 years as USF System President in April.
Adam Freeman / USF Communications & Marketing

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.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

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.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, are surrounded by students from the USF Honors College.
Adam Bakst / WUSF Public Media

In about a month, Judy Genshaft will retire as the President of the University of South Florida. 

But, thanks to a $20 million gift from her and her husband, her name will live on with the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College.

USF logos
USF Communications and Marketing

The University of South Florida is officially throwing in the towel on its controversial bull logo barely eight months after it debuted.

Joe Hice, USF Vice President of Communications and Marketing, released a statement Monday morning to students, faculty, staff and alumni acknowledging the vocal response it received from some quarters since it was unveiled last September.

A drone controlled by a pilot's brain flies during USF's first ever Brain-Drone Races.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Anyone who’s ever flown a drone can tell you – it’s not the easiest thing to do. Now imagine if the only way you could control that drone – is with your brain.

That’s the challenge 16 University of South Florida students faced recently at the school’s inaugural Brain-Drone race.

The USF men's basketball team won the College Basketball Invitational championship with a 77-65 win over DePaul Friday in Chicago.
USF Athletics

David Collins had 19 points and eight rebounds as the University of South Florida beat DePaul 77-65 on Friday night in Chicago for the College Basketball Invitational championship.

Steven Currall was approved as the next USF System president by the Florida Board of Governors Thursday. USF Board Chair Brian Lamb, left, was named to the Board of Governors as well.
The Florida Channel

Two announcements about University of South Florida leadership were made at the Florida Board of Governors meeting Thursday – one that was expected, and one that was a bit of a surprise.

Steven Currall makes a point to the USF Board of Trustees shortly before they voted to name him as USF's next President Mar. 22.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

When Steven Currall takes over for the retiring Judy Genshaft as president of the University of South Florida in July, he’ll be stepping into a school in transition.

In addition to the consolidation and re-accreditation of the three campuses, there are concerns about USF’s preeminent status, state funding and oversight, and the dozens of other issues a university president has to worry about.

Steven Currall and his wife, Cheyenne Currall, met with the USF community shortly after he was named President Friday afternoon in Tampa.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Later this week, the Florida Board of Governors will meet to approve Steven Currall as the president of the University of South Florida.

The USF Board of Trustees selected Currall to serve as the school’s seventh president in a unanimous vote Friday.

The USF Board of Trustees interviews former Univ. of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter Friday. Trustees are expected to choose the new president later today.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

By later this afternoon, we should know who the next President of the University of South Florida will be. 

The four finalists sit down Friday for one last interview with the USF Board of Trustees in Tampa. After that, the board is expected to vote on who will succeed Judy Genshaft. 

Wanda Blanchett, right, interim provost of Rutgers University - New Brunswick, spoke to about 60 people during her USF presidential candidate "fireside chat" at USF St. Petersburg on Thursday.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The four people vying to become the next president of the University of South Florida presented their case Thursday to the people who study and work at each of the three campuses.

The four finalists for USF President, Wanda Blanchett, Steven Currall, Debasish "Deba" Dutta and Jeffrey Vitter.
Rutgers (Blanchett & Dutta), SMU (Currall), University of Mississippi (Vitter)

The new president of the University of South Florida will come from four finalists named by a search committee Monday.

Front entrance of USF
USF Communications and Marketing

(updated Sunday 10:00 p.m. with latest applicant)

Friday was the deadline for people to submit their applications to become the next president of the University of South Florida.

As of Sunday night, 33 names were listed on the USF Presidential Search Committee website

Statues of bulls outside USF Marshall Student Center
USF Communications and Marketing

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees is expected to make its choice for the school's next president within a matter of days.


USF Marketing and Communications

Eleven people have applied so far to become the next president of the University of South Florida, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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