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Decision looms on new USF St. Pete chancellor



It may be President’s Day, but USF President Judy Genshaft isn’t taking much of a holiday. Instead, she’s tasked with one of the biggest decisions she’ll have to make this year: Who will be the next leader of USF St. Petersburg?

Genshaft met with the third and final candidate recommended for the top St. Pete post this morning. From here, spokesman Tom Scherbeger said, there are no more search committee meetings – just a decision from Genshaft.

Scherbeger said Genshaft “could choose one of the three, or none of them and ask the committee for more names.”

On Jan. 29, a committee of faculty, staff, alumni and a student narrowed the pool of candidates for the chancellorship at USF St. Pete to three. In doing so, they cast aside Interim Chancellor Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

The three finalists, then, are:

  • Ron Brown, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, Wayne State University , Detroit , Mich.
  • Ralph Rogers, vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of mechanical engineering, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond , Ind.
  • Sophia Wisniewska, chancellor, Penn State Brandywine, Media , Pa.

Brown and Rogers both toured USF’s flagship campus and USF St. Pete last week. After spending today with Genshaft and other university officials in Tampa , Wisniewska will come to St. Pete Tuesday.

Scherberger said he did not know when Genshaft will make a decision.

[Last modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 12:32pm]


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