USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor to retire
The leader of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is retiring, USF officials announced Tuesday.
Arthur M. Guilford, 68, announced he will retire at the end of January 2015. He plans to step down at the end of July, making himself available in the final six months for special projects and to help the next leader transition into the role, he said.
The university will conduct a national search for the new chancellor, and USF St. Petersburg chancellor Sophia Wisniewska will chair the search committee.
Guilford has been with USF since 1975, when he started as an assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders. He chaired that department for 15 years and became associate dean of faculty and program development for USF Tampa’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2004. In 2006, USF president Judy Genshaft appointed Guilford to lead the search for a new regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. The faculty petitioned for Guilford to be interviewed for the position, and he got the job in 2007.
Under his leadership, USF Sarasota-Manatee got separate accreditation, created a learning center in North Port and welcomed its first freshman class and four-year program, among other achievements.
“The University of South Florida System is deeply appreciative of Arthur Guilford’s leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee," Genshaft said in a press release Tuesday. "He has been a valued part of USF for almost four decades and a highly respected leader of a great team for the past seven years."
“The past 38 years with USF and my seven years at the helm of USFSM have been a time of rewarding change, growth and improvement of our regional presence,” Guilford said in the same memo. “I have very much enjoyed my tenure with the University and celebrate the meaningful partnerships we have forged with other institutions of higher learning in the area, as well as the Perlman Music Program, Lifelong Learning Academy and community leaders. Our outstanding faculty, staff and students have accomplished a great deal and I am confident that USF Sarasota-Manatee will continue to develop and thrive. I look forward to observing that growth and the continuance of a high standard of excellence from the vantage point of retirement with my wife, Lynn.”