USF names College of Nursing dean
USF Health has named Victoria Rich as the new dean of the USF College of Nursing, hailing her as "the nursing dean of the future" for her focus on uniting academia and practice. Rich joined the college in 2015 as an associate professor and interim associate dean of academic programs. In a news release, the university applauded her three and a half decades of leadership experience in education and clinical practice. She will take the helm of the growing college June 15, leading more than 230 faculty and staff, 234 volunteer faculty and more than 2,000 students. Officials hope she will propel the college higher in national rankings, research funding and partnerships, such as with other disciplines within USF Health and with community institutions. Before coming to USF, Rich was the chief nurse executive and associate hospital administrator for the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, as well as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Health System's School of Nursing. In her new role, she also will become a senior associate vice president of USF Health.
UT finds new fundraising chief
The University of Tampa has named L. Keith Todd its new head of advancement. Todd has worked in advancement for more than 30 years at institutions across the country, and he recently worked on "the largest fundraising match in U.S. philanthropic history" while at a university in Oregon, according to a news release. Todd's goals at UT include boosting philanthropic support, underwriting scholarships and other initiatives, building relationships and elevating the public's awareness of the university. He begins in early June.