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
Staff Liaison: Travis Miller

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
Staff Liaison: Gina Lombardi


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; Sandra Callahan, Stephanie Goforth, John Ramil, Nancy Watkins, Jordan Zimmerman
Chief of Staff: Cindy Visot
Staff Liaison: Cindy Visot and Gerard Solis

Audit & Compliance Committee

Internal audit function, work plan, compliance effectiveness

Committee Membership

Trustees: Nancy Watkins, Chair; Sandra Callahan, Oscar Horton, Byron Shinn
Vice Presidents: David Lechner and Nick Trivunovich
Staff Liaison: Gina Lombardi

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: Michael Carrere, Chair; Mike Griffin, Les Muma, Nancy Watkins, Jordan Zimmerman
Staff Liaison: Paige Geers

Board of Trustees Staff liaisons

  • Cindy Visot, Savannah Bennett and Travis Miller