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 BOARD

CHAIR
Ray "Chip" Newton, III
Private Investor
St. Petersburg, FL

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
George Morgan '76
Health Care Executive (Retired)
Sarasota, FL

VICE CHAIR
Jose Valiente ’73
Partner, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP (Retired)
Tampa, FL
(Audit Committee Chair)

TREASURER
Brian P. Keenan '86
Regional President
First Florida Integrity Bank
Tampa, FL
(Investment Committee Chair)

FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Tina P. Johnson '80
Advisor to CEO
Publix Super Markets Inc.
Lakeland, FL 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mark Fernandez
Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing & Communications Executive
Valley National Bank

SECRETARY
Keri Gawrych ’87
Executive Vice President
SunTrust
Tampa, FL

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Gordon L. Gillette '81, '85
CEO, ELCHC's Institute for Early Childhood Professionals (IECP)
Tampa, FL

EMERITUS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Linda O. Simmons ’75
President & CEO
Simmons Management Services, Inc.
Tampa, FL

USF SYSTEM PRESIDENT
Dr. Steven C. Currall (Ex-Officio)
President
University of South Florida System
Tampa, FL

UBOT CHAIR APPOINTEE
TBD