Currall Appointed as Next USF President; Vitter Remains at UM

*Editor’s Note: Former UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter interviewed for the USF President position March 20. To read more about what he said in the interview, follow this link. 

Two announcements about University of South Florida leadership were made at the Florida Board of Governors meeting Thursday – one that was expected, and one that was a bit of a surprise.

Steven Currall has been approved as USF’s next president. Photo via SMU.

Shortly after Steven Currall was officially named USF’s seventh president on a unanimous vote by the board, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his intentions to name Brian Lamb, chair of the USF Board of Trustees, to the Board of Governors.

During a conversation with the Governors, the board that oversees all of Florida’s public universities, Currall repeated many of the things he said during the interview process on the three USF campuses last week.

The current provost of Southern Methodist University talked about his history as a fundraiser, researcher and administrator at colleges across the country and in London. He said that experience will serve him well at USF.

“I believe that higher education institutions are actually pivotal for the economic growth and upward economic prosperity of our citizens in this state, and so higher education really has a very, very important role and I look forward to helping out on that,” he said.

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By Mark Schreiner, WUSF News

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