FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Foundation is governed by an elected board whose members serve as advocates for the University of South Florida, its colleges, campuses and units. Each volunteer board member is vitally interested in the welfare of higher education in the greater Tampa Bay area and throughout the State of Florida. They are guided by a mission to promote private philanthropic support, advocate for the university and manage the university's endowment.

The board includes some of USF's most enthusiastic supporters and the community's top leaders. The primary objective and purpose of the board is to raise and administer private gifts to assist in the promotion and financial support of the university's teaching, research and public service activities.

OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHAIR
Jose E. Valiente ’73
Owner
Jose E. Valiente, CPA
Tampa, FL

VICE CHAIR
Anthony R. James ’73
Southern Company (Retired)
McDonough, GA

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Ray “Chip” Newton III
Private Investor
St. Petersburg, FL

TREASURER
Brian P. Keenan ’86
SEVP
Florida First Florida Integrity Bank
Tampa, FL
(Investment Committee Chair)

 

SECRETARY
Rena Upshaw-Frazier ’01
Broker Associate
Allure Realty LLC
Brandon, FL

USF PRESIDENT
Rhea Law (Ex-Officio)
President
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

AUDIT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Keri Gawrych ’87
SVP Senior Credit Officer Higher Ed
Truist Financial Corp.
Tampa, FL

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Samuel P. Bell III
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC (Retired)
Tampa, FL

FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Tina Johnson ’80
Advisor to CEO
Publix Super Markets Inc.
Tampa, FL

NOMINATING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Debbie Nye Sembler        
Community Leader & Philanthropist    
Pinellas Park, FL

EMERITUS COMMITTEE CHAIR
George Morgan ’76
Health Care Executive (Retired)
Lakewood Ranch, FL
(USF Board of Trustees Designee)