The WLP Community Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an individual whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of women.

The USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) program honors visionary leaders and philanthropists throughout the community doing extraordinary things to make Tampa Bay a better place for women to live and work. With the Lifetime Achievement  Award, we showcase individual excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration to others. We publicly affirm present achievements, seek to encourage further work on the part of the recipients, and hope to motivate others to follow their lead in service to the Tampa Bay communities.

The nominees and recipient are recognized at WLP's Annual Symposium.

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria:

  • The recipient exemplifies the spirit of USF WLP as demonstrated by her commitment to community-based leadership in both professional and volunteer capacities.
  • WLP members and non-members are eligible to receive the award.
  • Individuals who live and work in the counties surrounding each campus of the University of South Florida System are eligible for nomination. Nominations for emerging and innovative leadership, as well as long-standing accomplishments, are encouraged.
  • Only individuals are eligible for nomination.
  • USF Foundation employees are not eligible.
  • Previous WLP Community Leadership Award recipients are not eligible. Nomination and Selection Process:
  • Nomination form and two letters of recommendation must be submitted to WLP at WLP(at)usf.edu. (Additional support materials may be included, but not required).
  • Only completed nomination forms will be considered.
  • Self- nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations are reviewed and vetted by the WLP Awards Committee.

Click here for nomination form.

Recipient must be present at the WLP Fall Symposium, on October 4, 2019, to accept the award.

If you have questions, please contact WLP at WLP(at)usf.edu or (813) 974-1810.

2018 Lifetime achievement award RECIPIENT

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Liana Fernandez Fox, PhD '80, '98

Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox was a fixture as a mathematics professor at Hillsborough Community College for 33 years, working at USF simultaneously for nearly half of that time to help freshmen meet their math requirements. She made it possible for countless students to excel, chaired numerous college committees, was elected president of HCC’s faculty union and also found time to earn her master’s and PhD from USF. For much of that time, some 30 years, she remained highly active with the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County, serving as president for a stint, and helping produce some 150 town halls and debates (including the much-publicized 1994 showdown between Florida governor Lawton Chiles and challenger Jeb Bush).

Fox, whose childhood was rooted in old Ybor City, became a member of one of USF’s early classes and remembers the impact the young institution had on her life. “If this university hadn’t been built when and where it was,” she says, “an entire generation – especially Latin women – wouldn’t have gone to college.” Fox eventually graduated from Florida State University, where she became engaged to and married fellow Tampa native Bob Fox – beginning a 50-year adventure together that included endowing a WLP scholarship last year to help promising female students from HCC successfully matriculate to USF.

Please download the following application to nominate someone for the WLP 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award!