Currall announces his first 100 days will include a listening tour
TAMPA, Fla. (July 1, 2019) – New University of South Florida President Steve Currall’s first day on the job was a busy one, featuring visits to all three USF campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Currall spent time with students, faculty members and regional business leaders as they begin to work together to sustain USF’s momentum as a thriving, preeminent research institution.
In addition to his initial visits, Currall says one of his first priorities will be to embark on a listening tour across each USF campus to hear ideas and identify strategic opportunities. He announced the tour in a welcome message sent to all USF students, faculty, staff and alumni on his first day, expressing optimism for the university’s future.
“I am eager to get to know our community and hear ideas,” Currall said. “The intent of my listening tour is to more deeply understand the unique features of the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. In two of my previous university leadership positions, I oversaw multiple campuses. Thus, I fully comprehend the importance of understanding and promoting the differentiated features of each campus, how they contribute to their specific geographical regions, and how they can be aligned to advance the strategic vision of a unified university.”
Currall’s letter to the university community highlighted his goal for USF to continue its focus on positioning for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU), an elite group of the top 62 institutions in North America. He also shared his vision for USF to evolve as an innovative engine that will power economic development, allowing the university to become to the Tampa Bay region what Stanford University has been to Silicon Valley.
“My singular objective during the remainder of my career will be to advance the trajectory of USF to become an overall top 25 public university in the United States,” Currall said.
Emphasizing the importance of fundraising, on his first day Currall announced the launch of a national search for a new senior vice president for advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation to replace Joel Momberg, who will retire in October. USF is one of only three public universities in the United States founded since 1956 to raise $1 billion in a single campaign, which USF celebrated in 2017.
On Tuesday, Currall will tour the site of the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute building in downtown Tampa and continue meetings with students, faculty and community leaders.
About the University of South Florida System
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 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.