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From the President

USF System President Judy Genshaft

Welcome to an exciting new era at the University of South Florida.

Over the past several months, USF has reached not one, but two longtime institutional goals. In June, USF was named a Preeminent State Research University by the State University System's Board of Governors, an elite status that puts USF alongside just two other top Florida institutions. Just three months later, USF was also accepted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most esteemed liberal arts honor society in the nation. We have been working to join this group for 30 years. Where Preeminence signals to the state of Florida that USF is among our most esteemed institutions, Phi Beta Kappa helps us plant our flag on the national higher education landscape.

Thanks to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and many friends and supporters, USF is achieving milestones once unheard of for this university. Across every level, excellence has now become the norm, and the world is taking notice.

And this is just the beginning.

As you will read in the following pages, these accomplishments represent the collective drive of USF to reach greater and greater heights. In all areas, and in every measure, we continue to push the limits of our own potential. We continue to look for ways to fuel our growing research enterprise, to provide the highest-quality education to our students, to strengthen our partnerships, and to make an even bigger difference in our community.

In this issue, you will find many other updates on important work throughout the USF community. One exciting example is our life-saving research on malaria – a disease that threatens nearly half the world's population. USF Health's Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease Research, together with collaborators across USF and internationally, have made significant advances that will help in the development of novel therapies and drugs to fight the disease. You will also be introduced to Michael Kelly, our new Vice President of Athletics, who returns to USF with nearly 25 years of experience in college and professional athletics. And you will meet this year's Outstanding Young Alumni: seven of our brightest Bulls who are making waves in business, industry, philanthropy and their communities.

We are on an incredible trajectory because of the impact we make together. Thanks for all that you do to support USF and our students.

As always, Go Bulls!

Judy Genshaft, President
University of South Florida System