Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

A familiar face will be leading the University of South Florida's quest to find a replacement for retiring president Judy Genshaft. Les Muma will chair the search committee, USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb announced Friday.

Muma and his wife, Pam, have given more than $56 million to USF and are the largest individual donors in the school's history. Their names already adorn the college of business and basketball practice center. Les Muma also is a member of the board of trustees and chaired the first leg of USF's $1 billion fundraising campaign.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: USF trustees will move quickly to replace president Judy Genshaft

A 1966 graduate of USF, he is the retired chairman and CEO of Fiserv Inc., a financial industry automation products and services company he co-founded in 1984. He and his wife live in Pinellas County.

"Replacing President Genshaft is an enormous responsibility," Muma said in a statement released by the university. "This is a pivotal time in the University of South Florida's history, and our decision will have a significant impact on the future of the Tampa Bay region. We are committed to following a search process that is transparent and inclusive."

Lamb also announced the 14 other members of the search committee and laid out a timetable.

According to a news release, a national search firm will be selected in the next few weeks, followed by the search committee spending several weeks developing the profile for the position. The panel is expected to recommend a set of candidates to the full board of trustees early next year. The process will include interviews on campus shortly afterward.

After that, the search committee will present final candidates to the board of trustees, which will decide on a new president some time in the spring.

Genshaft's retirement is effective July 1.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: A letter from Judy Genshaft: 'The right time for me to step down.'

USF has created a website to keep the public informed about the process. The site also includes bios of the remaining members of the search committee, who are: Kathy Weedman Arthur, Braulio Colón, Anddrikk Frazier, Robert D. Frisina, Stephanie Goforth, Darlene Jordan, Shaquille Kent, Rhea Law, George Morgan, Frederick "Rick" Piccolo, John Ramil, Debbie Sembler, Byron Shinn and Charles Stanish.

Goforth, Ramil and Shinn are USF trustees, along with Muma.

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