Board of Trustees


The business of the Board of Trustees is conducted through five committees composed of Trustees. These committees focus on the University's attainment of institutional goals the Board adopted on December 6, 2001. Committees will review and recommend policies to enhance the USF System's effectiveness and efficiency in attaining these goals, and periodically will assess the effectiveness of the University in implementing the policies of the governing board.

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Academics and Campus Environment Committee

Focuses on USF System issues involving Academic Affairs, Health Sciences, Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, Facilities Planning and Construction at USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Committee Membership

Trustees: Charles Tokarz, Chair; Britney Deas, Stephanie Goforth, Michael Griffin, Oscar Horton, Deanna Michael, Byron Shinn
USF St. Petersburg Campus Board Liaison: Lawrence Hamilton
USF Foundation Board Liaison: Debbie Sembler
Vice President: Ralph Wilcox


The committee's guiding principles are to strengthen USF’s stature as a Preeminent Research University with national and global prominence; embrace a model of “One University Geographically Distributed” while preserving campus identity – guided by a transparent and collaborative process; commit to “Students First”, through expanding access and raising educational attainment while continuing USF’s national best practice of student success and diversity; establish a clear, simple and unified leadership structure by aligning accountability with authority and valuing shared governance through engaging students, faculty and staff on all campuses; assure consistency of high impact research across the university through establishing centers and programs of academic excellence on each campus; enhance regional economic development while avoiding unwarranted duplication of academic programs, and maximize performance, service quality and operational efficiencies through optimizing the utilization of faculty talent and technology across the university.                                                                                                       

Committee Membership

Trustees: Harold Mullis, Chair; Stephanie Goforth; John Ramil; Byron Shinn

Finance Committee

Focuses on USF System financial affairs including operating and capital budgets, legislative budget requests, investment policies, fees, advocacy before state and local governments.

Committee Membership 

Trustees: Jordan Zimmerman, Chair; John Ramil, Vice Chair; Michael Carrere, Les Muma, Charlie Tokarz
Foundation Board Liaison: Alan Bomstein
Vice Presidents: David Lechner and Nick Trivunovich


Sets the strategic direction of board, President's contract/evaluation, board operations, board leadership succession, board relations with Governor, Board of Governors, legislators, service area leadership, board recruitment, campus board governance

Committee Membership

Trustees: Les Muma, Chair; Stephanie Goforth, Hal Mullis, John Ramil, Nancy Watkins, Jordan Zimmerman
Chief of Staff: Cindy Visot

Audit & Compliance Committee

Internal audit function, work plan, compliance effectiveness

Committee Membership

Trustees: Nancy Watkins, Chair; Oscar Horton, Byron Shinn
Vice Presidents: David Lechner and Nick Trivunovich

Strategic Initiatives Committee

Identifies strategic initiatives in higher education, research and healthcare on a national and international level, emerging preeminence strategy, preeminence strategy, long-term university strategy, strategic initiatives to enhance economic development & job creation for our region and state, legislative strategies, partnerships (healthcare, research, community engagement), clinical strategies to enhance activities & efficiencies

Committee Membership

Trustees: Hal Mullis, Chair; Michael Carrere, Vice Chair; Mike Griffin, Les Muma, Charlie Tokarz, Nancy Watkins, Jordan Zimmerman
Vice President: Donna Petersen