University of South Florida


Update on USF Presidential Search

Dear USF Community,

I would like to share an important update in the presidential search process, as well as invite you to participate in some critical next steps. 

Today, the USF Presidential Search Committee interviewed two candidates, Interim President Rhea Law and Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley. Each candidate brings diverse experiences and unique qualifications, and we found the interviews to be productive to our process. We asked each candidate a set of questions based on the position profile, and each had insightful perspectives to share about their leadership styles and their vision for the university.

As such, the Search Committee voted to advance both candidates to a next round, which includes visits on each of our campuses prior to interviews with the Board of Trustees. The candidate visits will give stakeholders an opportunity to interact more directly with each candidate, share ideas and ask questions. We will share details of these visits as soon as we have them available.

Following each campus visit, we will ask participants to share feedback via an online portal. This feedback will be reviewed by the USF Board of Trustees prior to interviewing the candidates. The Board will evaluate the candidates and may then name the next president, subject to confirmation by the Florida Board of Governors.

The hiring of the president is one of the Board’s most important responsibilities. The leader of our great university will make an impact on literally hundreds of thousands of lives and will play a major role in shaping the progress of our region.

Thank you, and GO BULLS!

Mike Griffin
Chair, USF Presidential Search Committee
Vice Chair, USF Board of Trustees

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