USF's Genshaft elected as chair of NCAA board
USF President Judy Genshaft, who has represented the Big East on the NCAA Board of Directors since last year, has been elected as chair of that influential 18-member group for the upcoming school year.
Genshaft, USF's president for the past 10 years, was elected as chair on Thursday and will serve in that capacity until April. Her term on the Board of Directors runs through 2013. This position is another prominent national role for Genshaft, who has also served as chair of the American Council on Education.
The selection was unanimous, according to Big East commissioner John Marinatto, who sent an e-mail to all Big East members Friday announcing Genshaft's important new position.
"On behalf of the Big East Conference, I would like to take this opportunity to genuinely congratulate Judy, wish her the best of luck as she undertakes this very important and challenging endeavor, and pledge to her the full support, assistance and cooperation of our office," Marinatto wrote.
The Times' Richard Danielson chronicled Genshaft's first decade at USF in this story last month, and she sat down with the Times for a Q&A last summer about her role on the NCAA board and other important issues.
-- One more piece of good news for USF -- the university has been rated as a "Tier 1" university in the newest Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News and World Report. USF is also listed as one of 28 "up and coming" national universities in this year's rankings.