TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Three new members of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees (BOT) were introduced to the university community last week during the board’s February committee meetings.
Proven business leaders in the Tampa Bay region, Oscar Horton, Les Muma and Charles Tokarz were all recently appointed to the BOT for multi-year terms.
Horton currently serves as president and CEO of Sun State International, a full service commercial transportation organization with five locations in west central Florida. The company’s annual gross revenues exceed $150 million, making it one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the Tampa Bay area. Since Horton’s presidency began in January 2000, the company has increased its revenue more than 467 percent. A 1974 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Horton also serves on the board of directors for The Bank of Tampa and he’s chairman of the board for Academy Prep Center of Tampa. He was previously on the board of the USF Foundation. His USF BOT assignments include the Academics and Campus Environment Committee and the Audit & Compliance Committee.
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. Muma earned a bachelor’s degree from USF in 1966 and an honorary doctoral degree in 2003. Together with his wife Pam, the Mumas have given a total of more than $56 million to the university, making them the top individual donors in USF history. He previously served on the board of the USF Foundation, where he chaired the first phase of the $1 billion USF: Unstoppable Campaign. 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. His USF BOT assignments include the Finance Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee.
Tokarz, currently the vice president of finance for Medallion Home, is a certified public accountant with over 40 years of experience in business, finance and financial planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 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’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tokarz also served for four years as an airman with the U.S. Navy. His USF BOT assignments include the Finance Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee.
The 13-member USF Board of Trustees was created in 2001 and is responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the system mission and the implementation and maintenance of high quality education programs within the laws and rules of the state of Florida.