Vice President Search


The University of South Florida is in search for its next Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The University has made tremendous strides in DEI accomplishments, including closing the achievement gap across race for graduation rates and refocusing efforts to support all students, faculty, and staff by reorganizing the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—but there is still much more to be done. The university’s dedication to not just our on-campus community, but the communities that we serve is vital, and our new Vice President will be the driver behind this change for good.

As a part of the 2022–2027 Strategic Plan, “In Pursuit of Excellence,” the University of South Florida established our core values of Inquiry, Innovation, Integrity, and Inclusion. It is undeniable that achieving our goals of AAU eligibility and Top-25 ranking can only be accomplished through a diverse University community at all levels. Also established in our Strategic Plan are our core commitments, of which diversity, equity, and inclusion are a part of.

The Vice President reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet, the senior leadership team of the university, and leads the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across all three campuses.



In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all applications and letters of interest will be made public. For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Ernest Barefield

Gans, Gans & Associates


Phone: 813-986-4441 ext. 7127



For more information, please visit USF’s home page at

The University of South Florida celebrates diversity and inclusive excellence in alignment with our institutional mission. We believe our future success as an institution requires that we attract and retain a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. All job decisions at USF are made without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. 

The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.