Retired Air Force veteran named USF's chief operating officer
John W. Long, a U.S. Air Force veteran who recently ran day-to-day support activities at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, was just named University of South Florida's chief operating officer.
USF President Judy Genshaft announced the appointment during the presentation of her university's work plan to the Board of Governors on Wednesday. Long stood up from his seat in the meeting's audience and waved.
Long graduated from USF in 1982 with a bachelor's in business management, according to a USF news release distributed by Genshaft. His two kids are now USF seniors. In his new role on USF's senior leadership team, Long will oversee the university's business function, focusing on human capital and resources, services and infrastructure, safety and security and business operations that impact both faculty and employees. He was selected from a nationwide search.
"Col. Long has a distinguished record in serving our country and will bring his record of excellence to USF," Genshaft said. "As chief operating officer, he will play an integral role in making the university more efficient while we continue serving the needs of our students, faculty, staff and the Tampa Bay community."
Long retired in June as Mission Support Group Commander for the 11th Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, a post he'd held since 2009. In that role, he led a wide array of services supporting five Air Force Wings, as well as providing support for the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and other high-level agencies. He also directly supported logistics and security services for the President, Vice President, members of the Cabinet and Congress and foreign heads of state. He oversaw a $80 million budget.