Chief of USF St. Pete says goodbye
When Margaret Sullivan resigned her post as the chancellor of USF St. Petersburg last summer, Bill Hogarth was chosen to take the reins until a search committee could find a permanent replacement.
The director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and a former dean of USF's College of Marine Science, Hogarth fell happily into step on his first day in August. He even decided to throw his hat in the ring for the permanent gig. But a university search committee eliminated him after a couple rounds, and Sophia Wisniewska, chancellor of Penn State Brandywine, was ultimately chosen to be the new chancellor.
Hogarth has a month left before Wisniewska takes over, and in a recent blog post he reflected "with a little sadness and joy all at the same time" on his tenure leading the school by the bay.
"I have enjoyed and will remember every minute of my time on campus, whether it was my official work as chancellor or just hanging out at the [student center] late at night flipping pancakes for the students. Hogarth wrote.
Read his full message to USF St. Petersburg's faculty, staff and students after the jump.
Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth says thanks and farewell
I write this with a little sadness and joy all at the same time.
As you know my time at USF St. Petersburg is winding down and I wanted to take a moment to reflect and to thank everyone who contributed to this productive and successful academic year. It has been an honor to serve as your Interim Regional Chancellor this past year and I leave ever more impressed with the high quality of students, faculty and staff with whom I have been privileged to associate myself.
As I walk around our beautiful waterfront campus, I feel the energy and enthusiasm of our students, who are inspired by world-class faculty and supported by hard-working staff. I have enjoyed and will remember every minute of my time on campus, whether it was my official work as chancellor or just hanging out at the USC late at night flipping pancakes for the students.
Congratulations to all of our 2013 graduates, who have commenced an exciting new journey. And best wishes to those who are still working toward that goal. I hope you look back on your time at USFSP with fondness.
When President Judy Genshaft appointed me last year, I was committed to continuing the progress I had witnessed from afar, and to leave this institution in better shape than I found it. I believe together we have done that!
I depart knowing that USFSP is filled with Bull spirit and pride, and imbued with the knowledge that we are part of a system that is growing every day. I know that we have many supporters in the community, especially the Mayor and other city officials, who are ecstatic to be part of USFSP.
I will cherish the relationships and the experiences I’ve had with Campus Board members, faculty, staff and especially the students, so thank you for embracing me with your energy and for making my time here so memorable. Be assured I will be watching from afar with high hopes and fondness for all of you.