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USF St. Petersburg chancellor resigns

University of South Florida St. Petersburg regional chancellor Karen White announced Wednesday that she is resigning to become an adviser to USF president Judy Genshaft.

As senior adviser to the president for urban and metropolitan higher education initiatives, White, 57, will serve as a liaison between USF and organizations such as the American Council on Education, which Genshaft will chair in 2009.

White told faculty in an e-mail that the new job will allow her to devote her energies to research and promoting USF nationally.

"As I reflect on the past six years and our many extraordinary accomplishments, I treasure the work and effort that you have invested with me to benefit our institution," White wrote. "I look forward to working with president Genshaft to promote the interests of the University of South Florida and USF St. Petersburg."

Shortly after her arrival in 2003, White led the campus's efforts to transition to an autonomously accredited institution. She has overseen $55-million in capital projects, including construction of USF St. Petersburg's first residence hall and parking garage. A state-of-the-art science and technology building will open in 2009.

"Under her tenure as regional chancellor, USF St. Petersburg put many of its dreams into place," Genshaft said in a news release.

White served as dean of the College of Fine Arts and professor of music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before coming to USF. She also was executive assistant to the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

Former Georgia State University assistant vice president Margaret Sullivan will take over as USF St. Petersburg interim regional chancellor Jan. 5. Among her challenges will be correcting shortfalls that led to the campus being placed on probation last summer for failure to comply with two accrediting standards that involve measuring student progress.

Sullivan is president of the Southeastern Consulting Group in Higher Education and has served as director of the consulting network of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

USF St. Petersburg chancellor resigns 12/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 22, 2008 4:22pm]
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