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Genshaft recognized for USF's focus on international studies

Judy Genshaft was recognized for her efforts to grow the USF System’s involvement with international initiatives.
Judy Genshaft was recognized for her efforts to grow the USF System’s involvement with international initiatives.
Published Jul. 22, 2016

University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft received a national award this week recognizing the university's heightened focus on international studies.

The award comes the same week the Chronicle of Higher Education released a database of 258 public university presidents' salaries that placed Genshaft as 24th highest paid nationwide, based on her total compensation in 2015. That year, Genshaft received $692,650.

The USF Board of Trustees approved Genshaft's new, one-year contract in February that could pay out up to $768,500, including bonuses.

Genshaft received the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities 2016 Malone International Leadership Award on Monday for spearheading efforts to grow the USF System's involvement with international initiatives throughout her 16-year tenure as president.

"The era in which we live demands that our students and faculty work, collaborate and forge bonds with people from other nations and understand the common challenges facing the world's future," Genshaft said in a news release.

In 2011, Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, donated $1 million to USF for student-study-abroad scholarships, named the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholars Fund. The same year, the university launched USF World to house all international programs and transnational faculty research projects.

Last year, the university created the USF Global Citizens Project, a plan to enhance international experiences for students that's tied to the university's accreditation.

Every year, more than 4,500 international students and about 300 visiting scholars study in the USF System, according to the university. Every incoming freshman's USF acceptance letter now includes a passport application.

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