Longtime USF president to step down in July


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft, who has led the Tampa-based school for nearly two decades, announced Monday that she will step down from the presidency in July.

In a letter announcing the move, Genshaft pointed to a series of accomplishments, including USF being designated by the state as a “preeminent” research university and completing a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

The announcement also came the same day that U.S. News & World Report ranked USF as No. 58 among public universities nationwide, up 10 spots from last year.

“Because of this positive momentum, my family and I believe that this is the right time for me to step down from my post as president, effective July 1, 2019,” Genshaft wrote. “It has been the honor of my professional career to be part of this journey since the year 2000.”

Genshaft’s announcement follows recent moves by two other longtime state university presidents, John Hitt of the University of Central Florida and John Delaney of the University of North Florida, to leave their posts.

A news release Monday said USF will provide information about the process to select a new president in the “near future.”