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USF World Announces 2019 Global Achievement Award Winners

2019 GAA Certificates

November 22, 2019

To celebrate the remarkable international efforts of USF’s faculty, staff, and organizations, USF World hosted its fifth annual Global Achievement Awards.

Now a signature event of November’s International Education Month, the Global Achievement Awards highlight the individuals and teams across USF’s three campuses who are instrumental in expanding the university’s global footprint. The awards specifically recognize high-impact research, student success, and global engagement in the categories of faculty, administrator, staff, and team.

 “USF World does not work in a vacuum and calls on various groups around the university for support and expertise,” said Dr. Roger Brindley, Vice President of USF World. “USF has made tremendous strides in elevating the institution’s global reputation, and none of it would have been possible without an entire community of stakeholders who are committed to graduating globally competent students and research for positive societal change.”

President Currall Speaking at His First Global Achievement Awards

USF President Steven Currall speaking at his first Global Achievement Awards.

The two top awards, recognizing global vision and lifetime achievement, were presented to Dr. James Stock of the Muma College of Business and Dr. Donna J. Petersen, Dean of the College of Public Health.

Dr. Stock, who is a Distinguished Professor and Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing and the Co-Director for the Monica Wooden Center for Supply Chain Management, received the Global Visionary Award. In 2017, Dr. Stock served as the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. His time at the Hanken School of Economics resulted in a partnership with USF that fosters the exchange of students and faculty. Having visited 46 different countries, Dr. Stock’s breadth of international travel and research creates a culture of excellence and powerful global perspective for his colleagues and his students at USF. 

As the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Petersen has been a significant advocate for the development and expansion of global programs not only at the College of Public Health, but across USF Health and the USF System. In just the past five years, the College of Public Health has sent over 525 students abroad to more than 60 countries including India, Australia, and Ecuador. Additionally, one of the first collaborative agreements with the prestigious City of Knowledge in Panama, which led to establishing a USF Health Foundation and office in Panama, was signed under Dr. Petersen’s leadership. With 15 years as Dean, her work has positively impacted global operations and has laid the foundations for continued growth for years to come.

Dr. James Stock

Dr. James Stock receives the Global Visionary Award.

Dr. Donna J. Petersen

Dr. Donna J. Petersen receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.

During the past year, USF has received several accolades in acknowledgment of its global engagement. In January, the institution was the recipient of the 2019 Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education in the category of Access and Equity. USF was also ranked the No. 1 Producer of Fulbright Scholars and No. 39, an all-time high, in the nation by IIE for study abroad participation. This month, USF was named the top winner of The Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)'s 2019 Platinum Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement.



Global Achievement Award Winners


Outstanding Global Research
Maya Trotz

Outstanding Global Student Success
Kaushik Dutta

Outstanding Global Community Engagement
Thomas Smith

Outstanding Global Engagement
John Robison


Outstanding Global Student Success
Steven Surrency

Outstanding Global Engagement
Eduardo Gonzalez


Outstanding Global Student Success
Reggie Lucien


Outstanding Global Support
College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership Committee

Outstanding Global Engagement
Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections

Outstanding Global Student Success
Science in Florence Faculty 

Special Awards

Outstanding Global Visionary
James Stock

Lifetime Achievement
Donna J. Petersen