Board of Trustees

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
Jordan B. Zimmerman, Vice Chair
Michael Carrere
Stephanie E. Goforth
Oscar Horton
Moneer Kheireddine
Deanna Michael
Harold W. Mullis
Leslie Muma
John B. Ramil
Byron E. Shinn
Charles Tokarz
Nancy H. Watkins

 

Brian D. Lamb, Chair

Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb is executive vice president and head of Wealth & Asset Management for Fifth Third Bancorp, responsible for line-of-business oversight of wealth management, which includes private banking, investment management, insurance, Fifth Third Securities, institutional services and fiduciary services. Mr. Lamb previously served as executive vice president and chief corporate responsibility and reputation officer. Before that he served as regional president of Fifth Third Bank (North Florida). Mr. Lamb joined Fifth Third Bancorp in December 2006 as the chief financial officer for the Tampa Bay market. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Mr. Lamb had served as chief financial officer for Home Discovery Real Estate Services Corporation. Mr. Lamb was previously chair of the audit committee for the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors and 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" and Savoy’s “2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America." 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 Carrere

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

 

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 Academics and Campus Environment Committee and member of the Strategic Initiatives Committee. Mrs. Goforth is a resident of Gulfport.

Term Expires: 2021

Oscar Horton

Oscar Horton

 Oscar J. Horton has a proven record of managing organizational change and improving business efficiencies, currently serving as president and CEO of Sun State International, a position he has held since January 2000. Sun State International is a full service commercial transportation organization with five locations in West Central Florida which offers commercial truck sales, an aftermarket facility providing the installation of truck bodies and all body related equipment, lift gates and trailer parts, and service. The company’s annual gross revenues exceed $150 million and since Mr. Horton’s presidency the company has increased its revenue over 467%, making it one of the larger minority-owned businesses in Tampa Bay. Mr. Horton graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1974 and began his career as a sales representative for International Truck & Engine’s Financial Corporation, rising through various positions throughout the organization. In his final role, Oscar served as vice president and general manager of International’s foundry business. After a 25 year career with International, Mr. Horton left for his current position with Sun State International. Mr. Horton serves on the board of directors for The Bank of Tampa and is Chairman of the Board for Academy Prep Center of Tampa, and has previously been on the board of the USF Foundation. Mr. Horton’s Board of Trustees assignments include the Academics and Campus Environment Committee and the Audit & Compliance Committee.

Term Expires: 2023

Moneer Kheireddine

Moneer headshot

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 Academics and Campus Environment Committee. 

Deanna Michael

Dr. Deanna Michael is Associate Professor and previously served as Associate Dean for the College of Education at USF St. Petersburg. Dr. Michael holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and is a member of the History of Education Society. She has published a book, Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker (2009). Her research involves educational policy on the federal, state, and local levels. Dr. Michael is currently a member of the USFSP Faculty Senate, the president of the System Faculty Council, and a member of the Academics & Campus Environment Committee.

Term Expires: 2019

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

Leslie Muma

Les Muma

 Les Muma is the retired chairman and CEO of Fiserv, Inc., a publicly traded financial industry automation products and services firm he co-founded in 1984, currently with more than 240 locations worldwide, over 23,000 employees and revenue in excess of $4 billion. Mr. Muma received a B.A. in mathematics at the University of South Florida in 1966 and an honorary doctoral degree in 2003. Fiserv was formed after a 1984 merger between Sunshine State Systems and First Data Processing, with Mr. Muma serving as the president of Sunshine and overseeing the merger after he and his team did a leveraged buyout of the organization. Having joined Sunshine in 1971 Mr. Muma retired from Fiserv in 2006, marking 35 years with the company he helped to create and guide. Together with his wife Pam, their transformational philanthropy has left a lasting impact on their alma mater, as well as Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, Tampa General Hospital and other worthy area causes. Mr. Muma previously served on the board of the USF Foundation where he chaired the first phase ($600 million) of the Foundation’s $1 billion USF: Unstoppable Campaign. Mr. Muma is also a Life Member of the USF Alumni Association, and is a leader on the College of Business Dean’s Executive Advisory Board, Athletic Advisory Board and the 1956 Society; he also serves on the board of directors of FIS Global Inc., is a director and vice president of the Gold Shield Foundation, Inc., and is a past Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Tampa General Hospital. Mr. Muma’s Board of Trustees assignments include the Finance Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee.

Term Expires: 2023

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 Academics and Campus Environment Committee, member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. Mr. Shinn is a resident of Bradenton.

Term Expires: 2020

Charles Tokarz

Charles Tokarz

 Charles Tokarz is a certified public accountant with over forty years of experience in business, finance and financial planning. Currently Mr. Tokarz is the vice president of finance for Medallion Home. Prior to that, he was a senior auditor for one of the “Big Eight” public accounting firms and owner of an accounting firm providing controller and chief financial officer services to small & medium-sized private and public businesses. Mr. Tokarz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Tokarz served as a teaching assistant and adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Florida International University and University of Miami. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in business administration degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. Tokarz also served for four years as an aircrewman with the U.S. Navy. Mr. Tokarz’s Board of Trustees assignments include the Finance Committee and the Strategic Committee.

Term expires: 2021

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