Dr. Judy Genshaft
University of South Florida
Dr. Judy Genshaft was named president of the University of South Florida System in 2000, and has led USF to become one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation. Under President Genshaft’s leadership, USF has been recognized as a top 50 research university and has grown to be the 9th largest public research university in the nation, with an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of more than $4.4 billion for the Tampa Bay region. With campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, the USF System serves more than 48,000 students in more than 240 degree programs on the undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine and pharmacy.
President Genshaft has been instrumental in economic development efforts in the Tampa Bay region, serving as chair of three critical economic development engines: the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership and the Committee of 100 (now the Tampa Hillsborough EDC). She has held numerous leadership positions in the Tampa Bay Partnership’s Executive Committee & Council of Governors, High Tech Corridor Council, and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute’s Board of Directors. Statewide, President Genshaft is active in the Florida Council of 100’s Board of Directors and Business/Higher Education Partnership Committee. Nationally, President Genshaft has served as Chair for the American Council on Education and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Board of Directors. In 2010, President Genshaft made history when she became the first woman to chair the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board. She is also a past chair of the American Athletic Conference (formerly Big East) Council of Presidents.
She was inducted into the 2008 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame, recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the 2007 Business Woman of the Year, and recognized by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce presents Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award. She has received the Tampa World Trade Center’s Betty Castor Lifetime Achievement Award, Florida Economic Council’s Richard L. McLaughlin Award, was the recipient of the Amiga Award for Non-Hispanic women whose outstanding efforts have improved the quality of life in the Hispanic community and the inaugural Community Sports Leader of the Year Award, Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree from the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
Globally, she has been honored with the Global Leadership Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn in Bangkok, Thailand, The Captain of Education Award from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, Israel and as the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate in Literature from Yeungnam University, South Korea. President Genshaft is a native of Ohio and earned her baccalaureate degree at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and both her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Kent State University. The author or co-author of more than 75 journal articles, President Genshaft has edited and authored three books on gifted education and intellectual assessment and also contributed chapters, essays and articles to more than 20 books, journals and publications on current topics in higher education leadership.