Leadership Team

President's Leadership Team

Ralph Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice President

Portrait of Ralph Wilcox

Dr. Ralph Wilcox has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for the University of South Florida and the USF Tampa campus since 2009. As provost, Dr. Wilcox is the chief academic officer of the university and guides USF's performance planning, implementation and accountability initiatives that have positioned USF among Florida's highest performing institutions of higher education.

David Lechner, Senior Vice President of Business and Financial Strategy

Portrait of David Lechner

David Lechner joined USF in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing the university's $1.8 billion operating budget, as well as shaping and implementing sustainable fiscal and operational strategies that support the university’s mission. His duties also include communicating financial information to the USF Board of Trustees, Florida Board of Governors, the Governor’s Office and other stakeholders.

Charles Lockwood, MD, Senior Vice President of USF Health

Dr. Charles Lockwood

Dr. Charles Lockwood joined USF Health in 2014, becoming dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and assuming a number of leadership roles across the institution. Internationally known for his research expertise in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Lockwood has received numerous research grant awards and maintains an active laboratory at USF Health dedicated to clinical research in his areas of expertise.

Paul R. Sanberg, Senior Vice President of Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise

Dr. Paul Sanberg

As senior vice president of University of South Florida Research & Innovation, Dr. Paul Sanberg promotes and supports the research and scholarship activities of faculty, staff and students, and strives to make USF a leading national research university. Dr. Sanberg's vision and initiatives have established USFRI as a mission-critical central hub for the university's research enterprise.

Jay Stroman, Senior Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Affairs

Jay Stroman portrait

Appointed in 2020, Jay Stroman has over 20 years of successful institutional advancement experience that he brings to the University of South Florida Foundation. He is a dynamic development leader who builds strong relationships with USF's alumni and community supporters, advocates for the university’s top priorities and develops creative strategies for sustainable philanthropy.

Haywood L. Brown, MD, Vice President of Institutional Equity

Portrait of Haywood Brown

Leading the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity since 2018, Dr. Haywood Brown shapes and implements policies that support USF’s strategic goals and mission, and also promotes initiatives that contribute to the diversity of the university. He leads USF's Title IX programs and works closely with senior leadership to develop diverse modeling across the institution.

Michael Kelly, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics 

Portrait of Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly joined University of South Florida Athletics in 2018, with 25 years of experience in athletic leadership. He works to create an exceptional student-athlete experience in which USF’s nearly 450 student-athletes can thrive, and he is also committed to engaging the community and building Bulls Nation through outstanding customer service and ensuring rewarding and memorable experiences.

Joe Hice, Vice President of University Communications and Marketing

Portrait of Joe Hice

As vice president and chief marketing officer, Joe Hice is responsible for University Communications and Marketing at USF. His team works to enhance the brand of One USF on a local, national and international level, and raise the visibility of USF as a world-class research university with a commitment to faculty and student excellence.

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Senior Advisor to the President and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman supports USF’s leadership in their efforts to foster an inclusive and anti-racist campus community. She advocates for the institutionalization of USF’s Principles of Community and is a point of contact for promoting data-informed priorities with a focus on faculty and curriculum development across the university's three campuses.

Gerard D. Solis, General Counsel 

Portrait of Gerard Solis

Since joining USF’s Office of the General Counsel as assistant general counsel in 2003, Gerard D. Solis has worked in multiple practice areas serving virtually all areas and levels of the university. As general counsel, he now regularly advises university administration on a range of governance, labor and employment, constitutional and compliance matters.

Brian Ten Eyck, Vice President for Executive Affairs and Chief of Staff

Portrait of Brian Ten Eyck

Brian Ten Eyck works collaboratively with the academic, research, health science, business, advancement, marketing, athletics, emergency management, and legal leaders across all three USF campuses to advance the university’s mission and strategic initiatives. As the president’s chief of staff, he also oversees the effectiveness and efficiency of the Office of the President, and staffs the university’s Executive Policy Group.