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Margaret Sullivan Appointed Regional Chancellor of USF St. Petersburg

Tuesday, December 15, 2009   (0 Comments)
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Margaret Sullivan Appointed Regional Chancellor of USF St. Petersburg


St. Petersburg, FL (December 14, 2009) – Margaret Sullivan, PhD, has been named Regional Chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, an independently accredited institution within the University of South Florida System.


USF System President Judy Genshaft made the announcement following a series of meetings with members of the institution. Sullivan is a nationally known expert on the accreditation and strategy of higher educational institutions and has served as Interim Regional Chancellor for the past 12 months.


"Margaret Sullivan is decisive, visionary and inclusive,” President Genshaft said. "She is a great person to lead this extraordinary institution, which has created a superlative place for our students, and continues to achieve its remarkable potential.”


A noted leader in national education policy, Sullivan has worked for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She has worked with more than 200 universities and colleges primarily in the southeast. Visit this URL for her bio:


"The institution has made tremendous strides this year," Sullivan said. "We’ve developed a broader leadership team, implemented policies and best practices, developed plans for growth, and strategically responded to economic challenges.  I am proud to lead the USFSP team as we continue to partner with our community constituencies and the USF System.”


In 2009, Sullivan:


·         Worked closely with the Campus Board on its direction and agenda

·         Led successful response to probationary status; USFSP removed from probationary status by SACS in June, 2009

·         Re-organized USFSP to increase visibility of institution through the establishment of the Division of External Affairs

·         Led USFSP response to severe budget reductions while ensuring the quality of the student learning experience

·         Hosted the dedication of the Debbie and Brent Sembler Family Fountain and Harborwalk at USFSP(Oct 30, 2009)

·         Provided key leadership to the USF relationship with SACS, including implementation of best practices for the USF System.


-USF St. Petersburg-


            Established in 1965, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg offers baccalaureate and graduate programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Education. USF St. Petersburg is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is the only public university in Pinellas County, an area of nearly 1 million people. As an integral and complementary part of a multi-institutional system, USF St. Petersburg retains a separate identity and mission while contributing to and benefiting from the associations, cooperation, and shared resources of a premier national research university.



Melanie Marquez

Assistant Director, News & Information

External Affairs

USF St. Petersburg

(727) 873-4456


140 Seventh Ave. S WMS200

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


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