County Commission recognizes Genshaft with good government award
Interesting timing, this.
Fresh off her battle with the legislature and state Sen. JD Alexander, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft picked up a special recognition Wednesday.
Hillsborough County commissioners presented Genshaft with their annual Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award, though the legislative battle was not mentioned as the official justification. Instead, Chairman Ken Hagan talked about the university's growth, the distinctions that USF has picked up nationally and the school's importance to the region as an economic engine.
However, some of the other commissioners alluded to the past legislative session. That's the one where Alexander succeeded in winning support to split off USF's Lakeland campus as a separate university and threatened to dramatically cut the funding for its other campuses.
"I think it is so timely that you receive this award now because, as the public watched and as the state watched what was moving forward through the state legislature, I think you're a shining example to show how and individual can stand up and promote good government versus bad politics," said Commissioner Kevin Beckner.
Genshaft didn't allude to the legislative session, instead just saying that she was honored to pick up one of the County Commission's highest honors.
"I'm accused of bleeding green and gold and I'm here because I love the community," Genshaft said. "It is our responsibility at the University of South Florida to make a difference for the whole Tampa Bay region, and that's what we're privileged to do."
-- Times Staff Writer Bill Varian