Board of Trustees


The business of the Board of Trustees is conducted through five committees composed of Trustees. These committees focus on the University's attainment of institutional goals the Board adopted on December 6, 2001. Committees will review and recommend policies to enhance the USF System's effectiveness and efficiency in attaining these goals, and periodically will assess the effectiveness of the University in implementing the policies of the governing board.

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Academics and Campus Environment Committee

Focuses on USF System issues involving Academic Affairs, Health Sciences, Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, Facilities Planning and Construction at USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Committee Membership

Trustees: Stephanie Goforth, Chair; Byron Shinn, Vice Chair; James Garey, Oscar Horton, Moneer Khiereddine
USF St. Petersburg Campus Board Liaison: Lawrence Hamilton
USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board Liaison: David Eckel
Foundation Board Liaison: Geoff Simon
Vice President: Ralph Wilcox

Finance Committee

Focuses on USF System financial affairs including operating and capital budgets, legislative budget requests, investment policies, fees, advocacy before state and local governments.

Committee Membership 

Trustees: Brian Lamb, Chair; John Ramil, Vice Chair; Michael Carrere, Les Muma, Charlie Tokarz
Foundation Board Liaison: Alan Bomstein
Vice Presidents: John Long and Nick Trivunovich

Audit & Compliance Committee

Internal audit function, work plan, compliance effectiveness

Committee Membership

Trustees: Nancy Watkins, Chair; Oscar Horton, Byron Shinn
Vice Presidents: John Long and Nick Trivunovich

Governance Committee

Sets the strategic direction of board, President's contract/evaluation, board operations, board leadership succession, board relations with Governor, Board of Governors, legislators, service area leadership, board recruitment, campus board governance

Committee Membership

Trustees: Jordan Zimmerman, Chair; Brian Lamb, Vice Chair; Stephanie Goforth, Hal Mullis, John Ramil, Nancy Watkins
Chief of Staff: Cindy Visot

Strategic Initiatives Committee

Identifies strategic initiatives in higher education, research and healthcare on a national and international level, emerging preeminence strategy, preeminence strategy, long-term university strategy, strategic initiatives to enhance economic development & job creation for our region and state, legislative strategies, partnerships (healthcare, research, community engagement), clinical strategies to enhance activities & efficiencies

Committee Membership

Trustees: Hal Mullis, Chair; Michael Carrere, Vice Chair; Les Muma, Charlie Tokarz, Nancy Watkins, Jordan Zimmerman
USF St. Petersburg Campus Board Liaison: Bob Churuti
Vice President: Donna Petersen