University of South Florida


Presidential Search Message from Board of Trustees Chair and Search Committee Chair

USF Community,

We write to you today with great optimism for the successful outcome of our national search for the University of South Florida’s next president. We are pleased to update you on where we stand in the efforts to attract highly qualified individuals for this important leadership role.

Our search firm consultant, Greenwood/Asher, which is led by Jan Greenwood, initiated outreach to leaders in academic research institutions and organizations across the nation to ignite interest in the USF presidency. A primary consideration during the recruiting process was the alignment of potential candidates with the position profile developed by the 15-member Search Committee. There has been significant interest in the opportunity as demonstrated by the talented candidates who have submitted their application.

Here is what you can expect when the selection process starts Monday, March 18. Once an individual submitted an application to our search firm, the applicant’s name and CV were posted on the presidential search website. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to review the list. Once the search committee has narrowed the list, only those selected for on-campus interviews will remain posted on the website.

  • March 18: The search committee reviews every application and decides whom to interview, based on their qualifications under the search criteria.
  • March 20: The search committee interviews those applicants invited to campus. The location of the interviews will be posted on the search website.
  • March 21: Each finalist will visit each campus and participate in a conversation with a member of the search committee. These “conversations with candidates” will be open to all campus constituents.
  • March 22: The Board of Trustees interviews each finalist and elects the next USF president, subject to confirmation by the Board of Governors. These interviews will be accessible to the campus community and the location and specific times will posted on the search website.

The “conversations with candidates” on March 21 are designed for faculty, staff and students to learn more about the respective candidate’s background and future vision for the University of South Florida. A member of the search committee will lead the conversation and ask questions of the candidates. Locations and specific times for the “conversations” will be posted on the search website after the search committee meeting on Monday, March 18.

Thank you for your dedication to the University of South Florida. We are confident that the next president will continue to lead our great university toward national and international excellence.


Brian Lamb
Chair, USF Board of Trustees

Les Muma
Chair, USF Search Committee
Member, USF Board of Trustees

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