DeSantis appoints USF leader Brian Lamb to state university board

The USF board of trustees chairman will join the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 state universities.
USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb is moving to the state Board of Governors. [Courtesy of Mark S. Gall]
USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb is moving to the state Board of Governors. [Courtesy of Mark S. Gall]
Published March 28
Updated March 28

Brian D. Lamb, chairman of the University of South Florida’s board of trustees, is moving up in the world of higher education.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday appointed him to the state Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.

“He’s done a great job at USF and I am confident Florida’s university system will continue to excel through his leadership,” the governor said in a statement.

Lamb has served as chairman of the USF board since 2016. His current term expires next year, but state and USF officials said he will likely have to relinquish his seat to serve on the Board of Governors.

He is coming off a busy time at USF, where he helped lead the search for a new president and is shaping the university’s effort to consolidate its three campuses. He has deep ties to the Tampa Bay area.

A Tampa resident, Lamb is the Head of Wealth and Asset Management at Fifth Third Bank, according to his USF bio. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and MBA from USF and is a graduate of the Stonier Banking School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, at age 39, he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.

In the 1990s, Lamb was a star point guard and captain of the USF men’s basketball team.

A release from the governor’s office said Lamb is “appointed for the remaining seven years of a term” on the Board of Governors. It was unclear if he is starting his own term anew or filling out the term of a departing board member.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

The Board of Governors has 17 members, including 14 who are appointed by the governor.

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