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Renea Forde joined the Provost’s Scholars Program as its new Director in November, 2019. She has worked in student affairs for over 10 years, previously working with USF's First Year Science and Pre-Health Professions students. As a first-generation American and college student, Renea has had the privilege of living in Brooklyn, NY where she was born, Orlando, FL where she was raised, and her parents' home country of Guyana, and understands the unique struggles of first time in college (FTIC) students. This perspective allows her to assist students in developing and navigating their individualized academic and co-curricular journeys here are USF, and successfully progress to graduation, and excel in their chose careers. Renea earned both her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and earned her Masters of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2009. She has called Tampa Bay home since 2016, and looks forward to connecting USF students to opportunities available at the University for professional development, global engagement, service, and leadership. 

Contact Renea at rforde@usf.edu



Audra (Begg) Santerre joins the Provost’s Scholars Program from USF’s Chemistry department, where she advised Biomedical Sciences and pre-health students. Originally from Southern California, Audra has also lived in Hawaii and North Carolina before relocating to Tampa. She previously taught in elementary and middle schools before completing her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at Western Carolina University. She then worked at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for five years, first as a student recruiter, then as a Workplace Learning Coordinator where she helped connect students to meaningful co-ops/internships related to their field of study. While an undergraduate at Wingate University, Audra was an Honors student-athlete actively involved in leadership roles, student government and study abroad. Audra is passionate about building rapport with students, and providing support, guidance and resources to Provost’s Scholars during their most transformative years, as they work to achieve their dreams at an accelerated pace. Audra also regularly integrates student self-reflection, values and lifestyle considerations into her advising conversations. In her spare time, Audra enjoys traveling, good food, films, literature, comedy, and quality time with her husband and friends.

Contact Audra at audrabegg@usf.edu