Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Timeline: The Judy Genshaft era at USF

TAMPA — University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, who in her 18 years at the school’s helm has steered the research powerhouse along a swift upward trajectory into a new era of ‘preeminence,’ is expected to announce her retirement Monday.

Here is a timeline chronicling her career at USF:

July 5, 2000: Judy Genshaft’s first day at USF.

December 2000: Women’s basketball coach Jerry Ann Winters fired after administrators conclude she retaliated against a player for participating in an internal review of racial discrimination claims against the coach.

May 2001: Genshaft promotes NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon to be USF’s director of athletics.

June 2001: USF’s first Board of Trustees is appointed following the abolition of the state Board of Regents.

September 2001: Computer science professor Sami Al-Arian banned from campus amid controversy over allegations that he supported terrorists.

June 2002: St. Petersburg leaders criticize Genshaft over the ouster of Bill Heller, longtime leader of USF St. Petersburg.

February 2003: Al-Arian arrested on federal charges, then fired.

October 2003: Genshaft orders medical school dean Robert Daugherty to resign after he asks his staff to contribute to the U.S. Senate campaign of state House Speaker Johnnie Byrd.

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August 2007: Two USF students are arrested in South Carolina and charged with possession of an explosive device. One acquitted. One sentenced to 15 years for posting a YouTube video showing how to turn a child’s toy into a detonator.

November 2007: USF tightens vaccination requirements for students after a sophomore dies of bacterial meningitis.

June 2008: USF St. Petersburg put on probation for not meeting two accrediting standards; gets off probation a year later.

May 2009: Genshaft says USF will review safety procedures for university-organized trips abroad after a recent USF graduate drowns off the coast of Costa Rica.

August 2009: The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that from 2000 to 2007 USF increased its federal research funding 213 percent, faster than any university in the nation.

October 2009: USF rolls out "Unstoppable," a $600 million fundraising campaign.

January 2010: Genshaft fires USF’s first football coach, Jim Leavitt, after an investigation finds he grabbed a player by the throat, slapped him twice and lied to investigators about the incident. Skip Holtz is hired to take his place a week later.

August 2010: Genshaft is elected to serve a term as chairwoman of the NCAA Board of Directors.

February 2011: Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, donate $1 million to USF over five years for scholarships aiding students studying abroad. Two months earlier, she was awarded a five-year contract that paid her $470,000 annually with bonuses that could bring the total to $745,000. The couple had previously donated $400,000 to the school.

December 2011: Frank and Carol Morsani donate $20 million and put their name on USF’s Morsani College of Medicine.

February 2012: The Florida Senate votes to split off USF’s Lakeland branch as a new stand-alone school, creating Florida Polytechnic University.

PHOTO GALLERY: Judy Genshaft’s time at USF in pictures

October 2012: Kiran and Pallavi Patel create a $12 million endowment to transform a University of South Florida graduate program into USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability.

October 2014: Les and Pam Muma donate $25 million to name the College of Business in Tampa.

September 2015: USF garners a record $441 million in research dollars during the 2014-15 academic year, Genshaft announces during her fall address.

March 2016: USF’s Board of Trustees raises Genshaft’s base salary to $493,500, a 5 percent bump. With a bonus based on performance, and deferred compensation, she could make up to $867,200.

September 2017: Construction begins in downtown Tampa on USF’s Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

October 2017: USF St. Petersburg regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska is ousted after Hurricane Irma, for incompetence and "lack of leadership." Wisniewska is excoriated by Genshaft for her decisions amid the storm.

November 2017: USF surpasses its $1 billion fundraising goal. The Mumas donate another $15 million to encourage continued giving.

June 2018: The Florida Board of Governors, looking at USF’s achievements in academics and research, unanimously vote to designate USF as a preeminent state research university, winning USF more than $6 million in bonus dollars.

September 2018: Genshaft unveils USF’s new academic logo during her fall address last Wednesday.

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