Friday, September 21, 2018

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Claire McNeill, Times staff writer

Claire McNeill, Times staff writer

Claire McNeill covers higher education for the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the paper in 2014 and covered general assignment news in Pasco and Pinellas counties. She grew up in a one-square-mile town in South Jersey and graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she studied journalism and political science. She has worked for The Boston Globe and The Charlotte Observer. She lives in St. Petersburg.



Students make their way across the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, which is facing the daunting task of merging the USF System's three parts into one entity. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]

USF faces a reality as it prepares to consolidate: This is going to be hard.

TAMPA — All summer, while most students were gone, the University of South Florida has been toiling away on a blueprint for the complex merger of the USF System.Its three universities in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota will soon consolidate...
Published: 09/19/18
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft announced her retirement Monday, saying she wanted to finish strong.

USF trustees will move quickly to replace president Judy Genshaft

TAMPA — It felt like University of South Florida trustees had to chase the Energizer bunny around, John Ramil remembers, even in the earliest days of Judy Genshaft’s tenure as president. In their first strategy session together, USF’s longest-serving...
Published: 09/10/18
Live: Judy Genshaft announcing her retirement as USF president

Live: Judy Genshaft announcing her retirement as USF president

TAMPA — This afternoon, the long-serving president of the University of South Florida will announce to the world that she’s stepping down after 18 years. But first, Judy Genshaft wrote a letter to students, faculty, staff and higher...
Published: 09/10/18
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft listens to a presentation at a 2016 workshop about the future of the athletics program. Genshaft, who has led the university for 18 years, is expected to announce her retirement on Monday. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

After 18 years, USF president Judy Genshaft announcing plans to retire as USF president

TAMPA — University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, who in her 18 years at the school’s helm has steered the research powerhouse along a swift upward trajectory into a new era of ‘preeminence,’ will announce her retirement at a 2 p.m. press...
Published: 09/09/18
Updated: 09/10/18
University of Florida student Tyra Striker, center, explains a team-building exercise to students at the Bridges Minority Outreach retreat on campus recently. [Special to the Times   |   Kasamba Kokayi]

At UF, black students feel a reckoning on race is long overdue

GAINESVILLE — Tyra Striker went to the Dollar Tree that first, lonely winter and came back to her residence hall at the University of Florida with four sheets of black posterboard and spray-on glitter. On the floor of her dorm’s communal kitchen, she...
Updated one month ago
Pinellas County School Board member Terry Krassner, center, is facing challenges from Lisa Cane, left, and Jeff Larsen, right, as she vies for the third term.

Larsen and Cane prevail in Pinellas District 2 School Board race, toppling incumbent Krassner

In the District 2 race for a seat on the Pinellas County School Board, voters elected to send a middle school reading teacher and a performing arts professional to a runoff in this fall’s...
Updated one month ago
Stewart and Dudley head to runoff in Pinellas School Board District 6 race

Stewart and Dudley head to runoff in Pinellas School Board District 6 race

In the county's only School Board race without an incumbent, voters have sent a human resources manager and a former city council member and coach to this fall's general election.Human resources professional Matt Stewart captured 36.9...
Updated one month ago
USF St. Petersburg Interim Regional Chancellor Dr. Martin Tadlock, left, and Student Body President David Thompson, address students in an open forum in 2017. LARA CERRI | TIMES

After year as interim leader, Martin Tadlock takes chancellor reins at USFSP

The interim leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is dropping the 'interim' from his title, bringing a welcome dose of stability to the school in a time of great change.As regional chancellor, Martin Tadlock will help...
Updated one month ago
The Marshall Center on the USF campus in Tampa. [Times]

USF funding takes a hit despite preeminence bump

TAMPA — It was just a few months ago that the University of South Florida was celebrating its ascent into the official ranks of the state's 'preeminent' universities, a signifier of prestige that came with $6.1 million in bonus...
Updated one month ago
Students walk across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus., Thursday, 9/28/17. In the background is the school's University Student Center. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Public invited to weigh in on USF consolidation in town halls

As the University of South Florida System hones the specifics of its consolidation into a single USF, the...
Updated one month ago