Board of Trustees
The 13 trustees include distinguished figures in the law, commerce, education, health care, philanthropy and public policy leadership. Six trustees are appointed by Florida’s governor and five trustees are appointed by the Board of Governors. The USF System Faculty Council President and USF System Student Advisory Council President also serve as trustees. The University of South Florida System President and President of the University of South Florida serves as Corporate Secretary.
Brian D. Lamb, Chair
Brian Lamb is the is the chief corporate responsibility and reputation officer for Fifth Third Bancorp. He joined Fifth Third Bancorp in December 2006 as the chief financial officer for Tampa Bay and later served as the head of Business Banking and Private Banking for the Tampa Bay market and regional president (North Florida) serving as head of Business Banking for this market. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Mr. Lamb had served as chief financial officer for Home Discovery Real Estate Services Corporation. Actively involved in the community, he currently serves as chair of the audit committee for the Enterprise Florida board of directors, Governor appointee to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 13th Circuit and past chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership. He also serves as a member for the Florida Council of 100 board of directors, Space Florida board of directors and the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Mr. Lamb has received several recognitions, including an honorary doctorate degree from Bethune-Cookman University, 2016 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame inductee by the Florida Council on Economic Education, the University of South Florida "Donald A. Gifford Service Award" and the University of South Florida "Outstanding Young Alumnus Award". He has also been recognized as one of Tampa Bay Times "25 Most Influential Business Players". Mr. Lamb received both his B.S. in accounting and his MBA from the University of South Florida, and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate Banking School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the chair of the Board of Trustees and his committee assignments include chair of the Finance Committee and vice chair of the Governance Committee.
Term Expires: 2020
Jordan B. Zimmerman, Vice Chair
Jordan Zimmerman is Founder, Chairman and architect of the Zimmerman Advertising empire, the 14th largest advertising agency in the world with published billings in excess of $3 billion. He is philanthropist and advocate for many great causes within the community. Mr. Zimmerman recently donated $10 million to the USF College of Arts and Sciences, which resulted in the naming of Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications. Mr. Zimmerman was recognized in 1991 as the University of South Florida - Entrepreneur of the Year, received the 2004 South Florida Business Journal’s Diamond Award, was awarded the 2007 University of South Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2008 University of South Florida’s Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame Award. His Board of Trustees assignments include Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Strategic Initiatives Committee. Mr. Zimmerman resides in Boca Raton, Florida.
Term Expires: 2020
Mike is the former chief executive officer of Lykes Brothers Inc. Mike started working at Lykes Bros. Inc. in 1973. He spent 21 years working at the Lykes Meat Group, ultimately managing the $400 million division of Lykes Bros. Inc. In 1994, Mike was transferred to the Lykes Corporate office where he headed the new Organization Development and Compliance Department that offered services to all business units under the Lykes umbrella. He also served as Vice President of Business Development and executive vice president of Lykes Bros. Inc. Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Lykes Bros. Inc. and previously served as a director of Northeast Bank of Clearwater, First Florida Banks, and Barnett Bank of Tampa, Krewe of Gasparilla, The American Meat Institute, Lykes-Pasco, Inc., Florida Chamber of Commerce, The University Club, Florida’s Natural Growers and two terms as Commissioner of the Florida Citrus Commission. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and his advanced management degree from Duke University. His Board of Trustees assignments include the Finance Committee, the Collective Bargaining Team and the Strategic Initiatives Committee.
Term Expires: 2021
Dr. Jim Garey is Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF and has previously served as Assistant Dean for Facilities, Safety and Security in the College. Dr. Garey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, is an active researcher with over 70 scientific publications, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research involves the ecology and geochemistry of underwater caves, springs and sinkholes. Dr. Garey is currently the Chair of the USF System Faculty Council and is a member of the Academic & Campus Environment Committee.
Term Expires: August 2018
Stephanie E. Goforth
Stephanie Goforth is President of the West Florida Region for Northern Trust. She is based out of the downtown St. Petersburg office where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the region’s trust sales activities. With more than 24 years of trust, investment and banking experience, Ms. Goforth joined Northern Trust in 2005. She was most recently with Bank of America where she was a Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor and City Executive responsible for all components of private client business in St. Petersburg. Prior to joining Bank of America in 1995, she worked with SunTrust Bank and First Florida Bank (Barnett Bank). Mrs. Goforth earned her B. A. from the University of South Florida where she majored in business management. She holds the series 7, 6, 63 and 66 licenses and is a certified financial planner. She is a current board member and Treasurer of All Children’s Hospital Foundation, the CASA Board of Trustees, the Heros’ of St. Petersburg Board and the St. Petersburg YMCA. She is also Past President of the Suncoaster’s-Festival of States Organization. Her Board of Trustees assignments include chair of the USF St. Petersburg campus board, Vice Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, member of the Academic and Campus Environment Committee and member of the Strategic Initiatives Committee. Mrs. Goforth is a resident of Gulfport.
Term Expires: 2021
Moneer Kheireddine is the current President of the USF System Student Advisory Council. Here at USF, Moneer has spent countless hours dedicating himself to the pursuit of making the University a better place for all students. He strives every day to make an impact on his community here at USF, from serving as President of his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, to his work as a Lead Fellow for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. He worked tirelessly as an Orientation Team Leader for the Office of Orientation, helping introduce and transition over 4,000 new USF Bulls. Moneer also serves as a USF Ambassador for the USF Alumni Association, where he represents the University to Alumni and Students all throughout the year as the 'Spirit of USF'. Moneer’s passion and love for serving others led him to run for a Senate Seat within the College of Arts & Sciences in Student Government, where he served for two years on various committees. In time, he decided to run for Student Body President, where he now currently represents over 45,000 USF Bulls. His board assignment includes the Academic and Campus Environment Committee.
Stanley I. Levy
Stan Levy is Managing Director of Levy Advisors, LLC. He served as senior partner emeritus at Grant Thornton LLP, SE Region Managing Partner and a member of the Grant Thornton Senior Leadership Team. He was responsible for operational and strategic priorities critical to the firm's success and led the audit, tax, and advisory services for the region's offices. Mr. Levy's diversified industry experience includes real estate, wholesale distribution, health care and technology. He has been active in numerous civic and educational organizations, including the University of South Florida School of Accountancy Advisory Board, CEO Council of Tampa Bay, Florida Holocaust Memorial Museum, Florida Venture Forum, Metropolitan Ministries, St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Mr. Levy has received numerous awards including, the USF Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree, Gulfcoast Family Services-Celebrity of the Year and in 2007 was inducted in the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. He received his B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from University of South Florida. His Board of Trustees assignments include Chair of the Academic and Campus Environment Committee, member of the Finance Committee and member of the Governance Committee. Mr. Levy is a resident of Tampa.
Term Expires: 2018
Harold W. Mullis, Esq.
Harold Mullis is President of Trenam Kemker. He is a founding Member of the firm and practice areas include mergers, acquisitions and corporate and transactional law. Mr. Mullis was a visiting lecturer at Stetson University College of Law from 1972-73. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar's Tax Section. Mr. Mullis has held numerous leadership positions in the community, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Berkeley Preparatory School, Chairman of the Board of Tampa General Hospital, the Board of Governors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Governors of The LifeLink Foundation serving Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico. In 2013, he was the recipient of the H.L. Culbreath, Jr. Profile in Leadership Award, presented by the Chamber to recognize an individual whose leadership made a positive impact on the Tampa community. In addition, he was the 2007 recipient of the University of South Florida President's Distinguished Citizen Award. Mr. Mullis received his bachelor's degree from Emory University and his J.D. from University of Virginia. He serves as chair of the Strategic Initiatives Committee, member of the Governance Committee and member of the Collective Bargaining Team. Mr. Mullis is a resident of Tampa.
Term Expires: 2020
John B. Ramil
John B. Ramil recently retired from TECO Energy where he served as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Ramil managed TECO Energy's strategy and operations, including its three major operating companies, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co. In 2015, Mr. Ramil oversaw the $10.4 billion transaction agreement with Emera, Inc. which will make TECO part of the Top 20 North American energy leaders. At USF he has served as a director on the USF Foundation Board, the USF Alumni Board, the USF Engineering College Advisory Board and the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise Education Advocacy Board. In 1999, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of USF, is the recipient of the President's Fellow Medallion and in 2016 received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from USF. Mr. Ramil currently serves on the board of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry association, and on the boards of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the Florida Council of 100, the Moffitt Cancer Center Institute and the Tampa Bay Partnership. Previously, he served on the boards of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ramil received both his bachelor's and master’s degree in engineering from USF and has completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. His Board assignment include the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. Ramil resides in Tampa.
Term Expires: 2021
Byron E. Shinn
Byron Shinn, is the President and shareholder of Shinn & Company, P.A. providing services in the areas of auditing, accounting, taxation and business consulting. His professional involvement includes Probable Cause Panel of Florida State Board of Accountancy, Past Board Member of the Florida State Board of Accountancy, and member of the Federal Tax committee of FICPA. He has been active in numerous civic and educational organizations, including the University of South Florida School of Accountancy Advisory Board, USF Sarasota-Manatee Community Leadership Council and Manatee County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shinn received his B.A. in Accounting from University of South Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. His Board of Trustees assignments include Chair of the USF Sarasota – Manatee Campus Board, vice chair of the Academic and Campus Environment Committee, member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. Mr. Shinn is a resident of Bradenton.
Term Expires: 2020
Nancy H. Watkins
Nancy Watkins is a Certified Public Accountant with the Robert Watkins & Company where she has provided professional accounting services to a diverse range of businesses and political organizations for more than 25 years. Her professional involvements include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to her professional work as a CPA, she is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and the American Institute of Parliamentarians. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College. Her Board of Trustees assignments include chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee, the Collective Bargaining Team and member of the Finance Committee and Governance Committee. She is a resident of Tampa.
Term Expires: 2021