Prestigious award recognizes success and impact of USF’s international programs
TAMPA, Fla. (July 18, 2016) – USF System President Judy Genshaft was presented Monday with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities 2016 Malone International Leadership Award in recognition of her significant efforts and contributions to expanding international experiences and perspectives for students and faculty both here and abroad.
Genshaft accepted the award at the APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives gathering in New Jersey. The award recognizes Genshaft’s leadership in overseeing USF’s growth as a globally engaged university and its active involvement in a broad range of national and international organizations and initiatives.
During her 16-year tenure, Genshaft has placed a strategic emphasis on the internationalization of academics and research throughout the USF System. Recognizing the importance for students and faculty to expand their international knowledge and understanding in an era of rapid globalization, the USF System has forged a growing international presence that has served its academic, research and service missions as one of the nation’s leading public research universities.
Genshaft is so committed to students incorporating international experiences into their education that each USF acceptance letter to incoming freshmen includes a passport application. Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, have created a $1 million endowment to provide scholarships for students to participate in international study and service learning experiences.
USF’s Global Citizens Project now forms the core of general education requirements for all undergraduates, and each year more than 4,500 international students and nearly 300 visiting scholars are drawn to the USF System.
“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition, which reflects my passion for providing our students with the best knowledge and skills to be successful in a global marketplace,” Genshaft said. “The era in which we live demands that our students and faculty work, collaborate and forge bonds with people from other nations and understand the common challenges facing the world’s future. Global experiences are not only personally transformative and empowering, but they bridge divides between people and encourage all of us to work together in a positive direction.”
In 2011 Genshaft created a new system wide unit, USF World, to lead international engagement and develop programs for students and faculty to fully participate in global learning and research opportunities. USF World encompasses study abroad opportunities for American students, programs that bring international students to USF, and transnational research projects for USF System faculty.
In recognition of her global efforts, Genshaft 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.
Most recently, the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) awarded Genshaft an honorary degree in recognition of her contributions to the field of applied research and academic innovation. USF’s Muma College of Business is a partner to USIL and Broward College in an innovative program that allows students in Peru to earn an American business degree in an experience that includes sending USF faculty to Lima and bringing USIL students to the USF campus in Tampa. USF currently has more than 270 partnerships in education and research with universities in 65 countries.
“President Genshaft’s decade and a half at the University of South Florida has traced some of the broadest and most path-breaking work in internationalization,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Her leadership in building a truly international campus has proven indispensable — not just at the University of South Florida, but as a model to be emulated across the country. The example USF has set during her tenure represents the leading edge of international education in an era when globally-focused learning is more important than ever before.”
The Malone Award honors the legacy of the late Michael P. Malone, a champion of international education and one-time chair of the APLU Commission on International Education. President Malone served as president of Montana State University from 1991 until his death in 1999.
The APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 235 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU’s agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.
APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives develops and implements a comprehensive international affairs agenda for senior leadership at public research. The CII fosters the development of globally competent students, internationally engaged faculty, and institutions capable of addressing global challenges.
The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.