TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2021) – The University of South Florida Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to elect Will Weatherford as the board’s new vice chair. He will serve a two-year term in the role.
“I am pleased to serve alongside Chair Jordan Zimmerman as we continue to build momentum for the University of South Florida,” Weatherford said. “I also want to thank my colleagues on the board for selecting me and I look forward to working together to promote and advance our university, region and state.”
Weatherford is a managing partner of Weatherford Capital and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, Florida Chamber of Commerce and Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, and recently served as co-chairman of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee. Weatherford earned his bachelor’s degree in international business from Jacksonville University.
“Will Weatherford brings proven leadership to our board both from the local and state perspectives,” Board of Trustees Chair Jordan Zimmerman said. “I look forward to serving with him during this pivotal time of strategic renewal for the University of South Florida.”
Weatherford was appointed to a five-year term on the USF Board of Trustees in January by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Trustee Weatherford brings extremely valuable perspectives to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees and we look forward to his leadership in the role of vice chair,” USF President Steve Currall said. “Through his advocacy for USF and his commitment to serving the Tampa Bay region, Will continues to make a positive impact on our communities that will be felt by our students, faculty, staff and alumni for many years to come.”
The USF Board of Trustees is comprised of 13 members, six of whom are appointed by the Florida governor and five appointed by the Florida Board of Governors and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of five years. The elected USF Faculty Senate president and USF Student Government president also serve as trustees.
About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than white and higher income students. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at www.usf.edu.