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Former House Speaker Will Weatherford appointed to USF Board of Trustees

The choice by Gov. Ron DeSantis must be confirmed by the Florida Senate.
Will Weatherford is former speaker of the Florida House and managing partner of Weatherford Capital.
Will Weatherford is former speaker of the Florida House and managing partner of Weatherford Capital. [ Jeremy Scott ]
Published Jan. 21
Updated Jan. 21

Will Weatherford, the former Florida House speaker from Pasco County, has been appointed to the University of South Florida’s board of trustees, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced.

Weatherford, 41, served in the House from 2006 to 2014. A statement from the governor’s office made note of his tenure as speaker during his last two years in the chamber.

It also said he is managing partner of Weatherford Capital and a member of the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the board of trustees at Jacksonville University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in international business.

His appointment to the USF board is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate, the statement said.

In an email Thursday, Weatherford said he was honored to serve as a steward for the university.

“USF’s success is critical to the future prosperity of Tampa Bay,” he said. “I have always said that the Tampa Bay community will only go as far as USF will take it.”

Weatherford said as a former legislator who served during the last recession, he understands the difficulty of navigating budgets in tough times.

“There is no doubt that we are in unique circumstances economically but the state of Florida and our university system is well-positioned to meet the challenge,” he said.

In a statement Thursday, USF president Steve Currall said Weatherford had played an important role in USF’s growth with his support for the Morsani College of Medicine in his time as speaker.

“Will is a leader in our community and a true advocate for the Tampa Bay region and we’re honored to have him serve as a trustee,” Currall said.

Board of Trustees chairman Jordan Zimmerman said in a statement that Weatherford, who replaces trustee Byron Shinn, could help the university in building relationships.

“Will Weatherford brings to our board a wide range of experience and a track record of success that will make a significant impact on the University of South Florida’s future,” he said.

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the length of Weatherford’s time in the Florida House)