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From the President

USF System President Steve Currall

Dear alumni, friends and supporters of USF:

I am thrilled to join you as the seventh president of this outstanding university. For me, the presidency is a position of stewardship and service – service to you; to our students, faculty and staff; to the university’s evolution as an elite research university; to the growing economic impact of the Tampa Bay region; and to the ideals of higher education that the USF community holds dear. Thank you for your confidence in me.

I wish to share with you my vision and plans for the coming year.

The University of South Florida has reached an exciting inflection point in its history. Our trajectory is steeper than any other public university in the country that has not yet reached membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). We are well on our way to reaching AAU eligibility.

Our momentum is due in large part to our agility as a young and enterprising university, coupled with the fact that we are embedded in a vibrant urban community within a progressive and entrepreneurial state. I am confident that USF can become to the Tampa Bay region what Stanford has been to Silicon Valley: an innovative, intellectual engine that will power the region’s most audacious aspirations.

USF already has so much momentum because of the university community’s relentless focus on strategic goals during the past several decades. Those goals include driving student success, research productivity, economic development and global visibility. My mission will be to build on this momentum, creating an environment where we can continue moving forward. My singular objective for the remainder of my career will be to advance the incredible trajectory of USF.

One of my first priorities will be to embark on a listening tour across each of our campuses so that I can better understand our shared values, competitive differentiators and strategic opportunities. I am eager to get to know you and hear your ideas. I also want to immerse myself in our communities so the university can forge an even stronger reciprocal relationship with the region we serve.

This issue of USF Magazine will better introduce Cheyenne and me to you. We appreciate the opportunity to share our backgrounds and our excitement in becoming members of the USF family.

The magazine also is a great way for me to learn more about USF. There is a fun article on how campus dining has changed over the years; I imagine it is a far cry from what you experienced during your time as students! The days of cafeteria food that so many of us remember are long gone. The focus today is on health and nutrition, choice and convenience.

You will meet a couple of highly accomplished students, including youngest-ever USF graduate Drew Falkowitz, who will return this fall to pursue his master’s degree in biology. We also are very proud of Keller Blackwell and Willie McClinton, who were named Goldwater Scholars for 2019. That is the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate award for science research.

Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions in this issue of the magazine for fun places and activities for Cheyenne and I to experience. From unique restaurants across the region (we have already dined at the Columbia restaurant twice!), to the USF Botanical Gardens and so much more, we know we will have a wonderful time exploring and enjoying all things USF and Tampa Bay.

Cheyenne and I are deeply grateful for the warm welcome we have received from the USF community and others in the Tampa Bay region. I hope to meet you soon. In the meantime please share any ideas, questions or suggestions with me at president@usf.edu.