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South Tampa Chamber of Commerce: A Membership Luncheon with Dr. Judy Genshaft

June 26, 2018

On June 20th, #TeamElevate and other Tampa Bay area professionals gathered at The Centre Club for a South Tampa Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. Whether or not attendees were University of South Florida alumni, the room was filled with USF pride. Why? Dr. Judy Genshaft, President and CEO of the University of South Florida, was the event’s featured speaker.

Dr. Genshaft shared details about how USF is #HelpingOurCity and beyond. She pointed out that, much like the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, USF is young, vibrant and committed to making a difference. She’s proud that USF is a place for everyone, graduating an 81-year-old, 18-year-old, and all the ages between. Dr. Genshaft highlighted how USF is number in Florida for patents granted and is among the top 25 research institutions in the country—with $550 million each year in research grants. The university has also raised $1 billion for its Unstoppable Campaign, which helps fund various university programs.

Dr. Genshaft gave attendees a look into some of USF’s most recent developments. One of them is the FUSE program. FUSE was created for students transferring to USF from the local Florida College System Institutions. FUSE promotes timely completion of the bachelor’s degree and, for those admitted, the program boasts a 90% retention rate. USF is on the cutting edge of Florida’s university campuses. Plans are underway for opening a Publix at USF’s Water Street location, which would be the first grocery store on one of the state’s university campuses. Another change is coming at the Sun Dome. Yuengling is transforming USF’s Sun Dome into the multi-purpose Yuengling Center. Given all of USF’s developments, it’s noteworthy that the university has not raised its fees or tuition during the past five years.

It’s evident that, with the leadership of Dr. Judy Genshaft, the University of South Florida continues to #ElevateTampa.

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