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President failed to appease her fiercest critics

By Timothy Fanning When the president of the USF system abruptly removed Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska last month, no critic was fiercer than professor Raymond Arsenault. The ouster, he said, was “more like an execution than a resignation.” He slammed President Judy Genshaft’s move as a “gross overreaction” that trampled on due process, ignored senior […]

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Durand: I’m afraid ‘we will lose a little momentum’

By Timothy Fanning Twice in his 13 years at USF St. Petersburg, V. Mark Durand has held key administrative posts as the university grew in size and stature. Now the prominent professor fears the controversy surrounding the abrupt dismissal of Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska on Sept. 18 may smudge USF St. Petersburg’s image and blunt […]

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On Wisniewska: ‘The captain should go down with their ship’

By Delaney Brown For professor Deby Cassill, the former regional chancellor’s decision to evacuate students was not enough; Sophia Wisniewska should have stayed behind. “Whenever there’s a potential catastrophe, a strong leader needs to stay and reassure their people. They need to be there to start rebuilding, if they have to,” says Cassill. Cassill has […]

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Tumult at the top: Leadership changes at USFSP over the years

This report is based on the work of university historian and former librarian James Anthony Schnur. Information from USFSP websites and the Tampa Bay Times was also used. Bill Heller had been dean and chief executive of the St. Petersburg campus for a decade when he got a jolt. His boss, USF President Judy Genshaft, wanted him […]

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Surprise, questions abound

Pictured Above: In a happier moment, former Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska (third from left) and USF System President Judy Genshaft (center, in green dress) posed in 2013 with (left to right) Roy Binger, USFSP Campus Board; Judy Mitchell, USFSP Campus Board; Bob Churuti, USFSP Campus Board; Stephanie Goforth, USF System Trustee; Debbie Sembler, former USFSP Campus […]

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Grading the regional chancellor: A string of A’s – and then an F

By Nancy McCann For four years, the president of the USF system applauded the performance of Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska with positive evaluations and pay raises. President Judy Genshaft praised Wisniewska for building a senior leadership team, meeting goals and working hard for “the success of USFSP.” Documents in Wisniewska’s personnel file also show that […]

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Opinion: Wisniewska leaves ‘bond that transcends her departure’

By Deni Elliott Special to The Crow’s Nest Sophia left a legacy of connection and shared governance that Interim Chancellor Martin Tadlock will carry forward and build upon Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska took St. Petersburg by storm in 2013. She left by storm as well, but I believe that I speak for many within the University […]

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Arsenault ‘shocked and disturbed’ by Genshaft’s handling of regional chancellor departure

By Timothy Fanning When Raymond Arsenault arrived in 1980, most of the tiny school that townspeople called “USF Bayboro” sat on 11 acres jutting out into Bayboro Harbor. The financial endowment was small, the mission unclear, the future uncertain. Over the years, however, as Arsenault became a prominent Southern historian and author, his little school […]

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