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President Currall receives the 2019 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement from Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University and chair of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board of Directors.

President Currall receives the 2019 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement from Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University and chair of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board of Directors. [photo: APLU]

Dear alumni, friends and supporters of USF:

WELCOME TO THE WINTER ISSUE of USF magazine and a new, exciting era of medical education and research in downtown Tampa.

The cover story focuses on the opening of the Morsani College of Medicine, which will welcome our faculty, staff and students for the first day of classes on January 13. Also the future home of the Heart Institute, the Physician Assistant Program and the Taneja College of Pharmacy, this is so much more than a shiny new building that serves as one of the anchors of the impressive Water Street Tampa project.

It will transform medical education both in terms of the physical environment as well as the virtual world, and it will remain adaptable for decades to come.

I’m pleased to announce a significant honor USF received from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which is the association for the leading 237 public research universities in North America. The association named USF as the top winner of its 2019 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, & Engagement. This is a prestigious award that recognizes the success and global reputation of USF’s faculty, staff and students.

We are very pleased to partner with Jabil to launch the USF Jabil Innovation Institute. The institute will spur new collaborative efforts in innovative research, community engagement and talent development with the College of Engineering and the Muma College of Business. We believe this will serve as a national model for high-impact university-industry partnerships. And we’re very grateful to Jabil for an $800,000 gift and $200,000 in research support.

Congratulations are in order for the great success of this fall’s Bank of America Brunch on the Bay at USF Sarasota-Manatee. This was the first time Cheyenne and I participated in this wonderful tradition, and we were so impressed with the community support for our talented and deserving students. The event attracted about 600 guests and set a new scholarship fundraising record. This is a wonderful example of the role our generous donors play in changing lives.

That also is true of the women philanthropists featured in “Powerful Women Powering Philanthropy.” Over the last decade, their significant contributions of time, talent and treasure have made – and continue to make – a positive difference in the lives of USF’s faculty, staff and students. They have supported scholarships, programs and facilities, and their passion for helping others is truly inspiring.

I want to thank those of you who joined us for my inauguration in November as USF’s seventh president. Serving in this role is the honor of my professional life.

As I said that day, a university presidency is a position of selfless service and stewardship. As president, I see myself as a humble relay runner who builds on what those before me have accomplished, and will hopefully contribute to what those after me will achieve.

We have much to be proud of at USF. Even more exciting than what USF has accomplished is the extraordinary promise of what it will accomplish in the future. I am grateful for the faith placed in me to help steer the nation’s fastest-rising university into its greatest era yet.

Cheyenne and I are thrilled to be members of the USF family, and we wish you peace, good health and happiness in the new year.

Steven C. Currall
USF President and Chief Executive Officer