Leadership Team

President's Cabinet

Eric Eisenberg, Interim Provost

Dr. Eric Eisenberg is serving as the University of South Florida's Interim Provost as of August 7, 2022. As the College of Arts and Sciences dean for the past 15 years, he oversaw the university’s largest college with more than 700 faculty, 200 staff, and 23 academic departments with 14 centers and institutes across all three campuses. As interim provost, Dr. Eisenberg 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.

Charles J. Lockwood, Executive Vice President for USF Health

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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.

Richard Sobieray, Senior Vice President, Financial Strategy (CFO) and Administrative Services

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Mr. Sobieray is responsible for providing strategic leadership in finance and operations across USF’s three campuses and USF Health. This includes working with USF’s academic and administrative leadership and stakeholders to design a new value driven university-wide budget allocation model that builds on the diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at USF, including shared costs for shared services among campuses, F&A distribution, and a transparent reporting system. He serves as a primary resource and liaison to the USF Board of Trustees on financial and operational matters.

Jay Stroman, Senior Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Affairs

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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.

Christian E. Hardigree, Regional Chancellor, USF St. Petersburg campus

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Christian E. Hardigree joined the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus in 2022 as regional chancellor. She works closely with colleagues across the university to bring the strength of One USF to the St. Petersburg campus, ensuring the overall excellence of the university. Hardigree is also dedicated in supporting campus enhancement, including its focus on student success and building strong community relationships.

Karen A. Holbrook, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

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Dr. Karen A. Holbrook was appointed regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus in 2018. Under her leadership, the Sarasota-Manatee campus has continued to develop strong business and education partnerships throughout the region and the state with a focus on preparing today’s students for life beyond graduation.

Kim Hill, Vice President for Communications and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer

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As vice president and chief marketing officer, Kim Hill is responsible for University Communications and Marketing at USF. Her team works to enhance USF’s national reputation and support the university’s strategic goals, emphasizing USF’s trajectory as the fastest-rising university in the country. Kim has experience in the higher education, government, technology and media sectors. She joined USF in 2013.

Tricia Penniecook, Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Dr. Tricia Penniecook joined the university in 2017 as vice dean of the College of Public Health where she led the college through an academic master planning process, integrating a comprehensive strategy to address diversity, equity, inclusion and systemic racism in all policies and procedures of the college. In her interim role, Dr. Penniecook will lead the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as support leadership in fostering an inclusive and anti-racist campus community across the university's three campuses.

Michael Kelly, Vice President for Athletics

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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.

Angie Sklenka, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Angie Sklenka joined USF in 2020 with more than 20 years of experience managing human resources in higher education, healthcare, hospitality and global manufacturing in North America, Europe and Asia. At USF, she leads strategies for learning and talent development, human resources operations management and implementation of human capital management systems, employee relations, total rewards, talent management, and organizational effectiveness.

Gerard D. Solis, General Counsel 

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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.

Sylvia Wilson Thomas, Interim Vice President for Research

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Dr. Thomas is responsible for providing strategic leadership and acting as a catalyst for promoting and expanding impactful scholarly and creative activity by USF faculty researchers across all disciplines and campuses. Dr. Thomas works in close partnership with the president, the provost, the senior vice president of USF Health, college deans, regional chancellors, vice presidents, research staff and the Faculty Senate Research Council to advocate for and support research and scholarship that reflect faculty interests, student success, community engagement and institutional strategic priorities.

Mark Walsh, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations

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As head of the Office of Government Relations, Mark Walsh oversees and coordinates the university’s interactions with the federal government, the State of Florida and local governments on all policy and budgetary issues related to USF. His office advocates for public investment to fund high-priority operating budget, research and capital construction projects and policy and governance issues affecting USF.

Paige Beles Geers, Chief of Staff

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Paige supports, proactively manages and shepherds high-priority projects and key university strategic initiatives. She oversees relations and outreach efforts with the Florida Board of Governors members, staff and other dignitaries. Paige is also the staff liaison for the Board of Trustees Strategic Initiatives Committee.