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

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
George Morgan '76
Health Care Executive (Retired)
Lakewood Ranch, FL
(USF Board of Trustees Designee)

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.
Tampa, FL 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mark Fernandez
Principal
Stonehill Innovation
Tampa, FL

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

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Gordon L. Gillette '81, '85
CEO
Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County
Tampa, FL

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

USF PRESIDENT
Steven C. Currall, Ph.D. (Ex-Officio)
President
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL