University of South Florida — Regional Chancellor, St. Petersburg campus

The University of South Florida (USF) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications from inspiring, collaborative, and inclusive leaders to serve as Regional Chancellor of the St. Petersburg campus. The university seeks a dynamic and visible leader who is passionate about student success, research and innovation, and the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the university that is deeply embedded in the St. Petersburg community and the region.

USF, a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. 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.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Delivering more than 40 graduate and undergraduate programs, the USF St. Petersburg campus presents all the advantages of a large public university while providing small class sizes in a close-knit learning environment. Located on the waterfront in the heart of a bustling downtown, the campus’ setting offers ample opportunities for innovation and collaboration with businesses and cultural institutions, providing students the ability to explore their passions, be creative and get hands-on experience outside the classroom. The USF St. Petersburg campus is the only residential, public research university in Pinellas County, Florida, and benefits from its status as a branch campus of the University of South Florida. 

Student success, research and innovation, and partnerships are at the heart of the university’s mission. The USF St. Petersburg campus is home to 147 outstanding full-time faculty and 947 dedicated professional staff supported by a budget of over $85.7 million. The campus community is known for its innovative scholarship, creative activity, and delivering a world-class educational experience to its 3,422 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty conduct wide-ranging, collaborative research to meet society’s needs and engage in service projects and partnerships that enhance the campus and community’s social, economic, and intellectual life. The campus includes the newly-created Trafficking in Persons Risk to Resilience Lab, one of the first research centers dedicated to studying the myriad impacts of sexual exploitation of children in Florida. In addition, the campus’ Florida Studies program has been internationally recognized for its groundbreaking work uncovering the Spanish roots of Florida’s early history. 

The USF St. Petersburg campus is also home to USF’s College of Marine Science, which is one of the top 10 marine science programs in the country and is at the heart of a bold new plan to create an interdisciplinary center of excellence in Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences, which will harness the collective power of colleges and departments from across the university to address the impact of climate change, including sea-level rise, high tide flooding events and other coastal hazards. The initiative will be anchored by an $80 million facility that will provide state-of-the-art research and instructional space for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from the colleges of Marine Science, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering among others along with the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation, established by the state legislature, and dedicated to mitigating flood risks by bringing together the brightest minds in the field from throughout the state and across the country.

The USF St. Petersburg campus serves as a facilitator of community engagement.  It has developed strong partnerships with local businesses, governmental agencies, and civic organizations to create an academic hub for the city. The campus is also a member of the city’s Innovation District, a cluster of research, marine science, healthcare, business incubation, and media institutions that collaborate to create new opportunities for economic development. For more information about the USF St. Petersburg campus, please visit 

Position Summary
Reporting directly to the President of the University of South Florida, the Regional Chancellor serves as the chief administrative officer for the USF St. Petersburg campus. The Regional Chancellor is responsible for strategic and operational leadership for all campus programs, services, operations, and activities to assure the campus’ alignment with the larger University of South Florida mission and strategic priorities. The Regional Chancellor is expected to provide open, collaborative, and dynamic leadership to enhance USF St. Petersburg’s commitment to a student-centered education and community engagement.

The Regional Chancellor must be a visionary and vibrant leader dedicated to advancing USF and enhancing the experience of all who consider the St. Petersburg campus their academic home. To do so, the Regional Chancellor will serve as a strong advocate for the university and campus, and will identify and capitalize upon opportunities to further support the campus’ efforts in achieving USF’s strategic goals. The Regional Chancellor will work closely with University of South Florida administrators, faculty, staff, and students to foster an environment committed to teaching and research excellence while showcasing the campus’ strength in and passion for serving its community. In their role as the campus’ most visible champion, the Regional Chancellor will serve at the forefront in enhancing existing and creating new relationships with alumni, community leaders, donors, and friends of USF in the St. Petersburg community. 

Minimum Qualifications
To excel in leading the USF St. Petersburg campus, the next Regional Chancellor must possess the drive and energy to serve as its chief advocate during a period of transition for the campus, USF, and higher education. At a minimum, the next Regional Chancellor must possess:

  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution;
  • A demonstrated history of academic, administrative experience in progressively responsible positions;
  • An excellent record of leadership and service to higher education and the community;
  • Success managing all operational aspects of an organization, including human and fiscal resources.

Although exceptional academic and administrative experience are highly preferred, the USF St. Petersburg campus is open to candidates who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields outside higher education. These candidates must have demonstrated experience and a record of success in an organization where goals are achieved in partnership and collaboration rather than solely through direct authority. 

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Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applications should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee.

In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all nominations, applications, and letters of interest will be made public. Application materials should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Robin Reyes, Senior Associate

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