New USF trustees introduced to university leaders

Oscar Horton, one of the new members of USF's board of trustees, was officially introduced to the USF community last week. Courtesy of the University of South Florida.
Oscar Horton, one of the new members of USF's board of trustees, was officially introduced to the USF community last week. Courtesy of the University of South Florida.
Published February 21

The three new members of the University of South Florida board of trustees got their official welcome last week.

The new members — a top USF donor, a Sarasota developer and a transportation executive — will serve multi-year terms on the board.

The Gradebook previously wrote about new members Les Muma and Charles Tokarz here.

Joining them on the board is Oscar Horton, the long-serving president and CEO of Sun State International, a commercial transportation organization based in west central Florida. Since 2000, under Horton's leadership, revenue has increased more than 467 percent, according to a USF press release.

With annual gross revenues in excess of $150 million, the company is one of Tampa Bay's largest minority-owned businesses.

Horton graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1974 and holds positions on the boards of The Bank of Tampa and Academy Prep Center of Tampa. He used to serve on the USF Foundation board, too.

On USF's board, he'll serve on the academics and campus environment committee, as well as audit and compliance.

Muma will serve on the finance and strategic initiatives committees.

Tokarz has been appointed to finance and strategic initiatives.

The USF board, composed of 13 members and started in 2001, makes USF policy decisions across the spectrum of budget, educational programs, administration and beyond.

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