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Through turmoil, Martin Tadlock tries to bring campus back together

Editor’s note: This week, the newly appointed interim regional chancellor Martin Tadlock hosted two forums for faculty and staff, and on Monday, he met with students. The following statements were sent to campus employees and students. Message to Faculty Good afternoon. I’m glad to see you all here and that you and your families are […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Gone, erased and no more; Wisniewska cut from website

The university wasted no time this week in erasing search results on its website for the former regional chancellor. In a written statement, Jessica Blais, USF St. Petersburg’s communication director, confirmed the deletion earlier this week, but did not say whether the order was given by USF system President Judy Genshaft. “As part of our […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Reflective but emphatic, ousted chancellor says she would never jeopardize students’ safety

By Nancy McCann Confident that all students had evacuated and campus preparations for Hurricane Irma were complete, Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska left St. Petersburg on Saturday, Sept. 9, to escape the potential fury of the storm. She returned three days later to the wrath of USF system President Judy Genshaft. In a scorching letter that […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Genshaft touts campus hurricane preparedness; doesn’t mention Wisniewska

In a video statement Tuesday, USF System President Judy Genshaft addressed the university’s preparedness for Hurricane Irma.   She praised faculty, staff and students who went to great lengths before, during and after the storm to ensure the safety and welfare of all those who sheltered on campus. There was no mention of former regional […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Genshaft and Wisniewska sparred before forced departure of regional chancellor

Here are some of the key documents released by the USF system on Sept. 18 in response to a public records request by The Crow’s Nest. This is the draft of an undated letter from USF system President Judy Genshaft to USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska. It is titled Termination for Cause: Dear Dr. Wisniewska: […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Wisniewska forced out over handling of Irma evacuations

By Timothy Fanning and Nancy McCann Sophia Wisniewska, who was abruptly ousted as regional chancellor, was pushed out for her handling of the evacuation of the university in the days before Hurricane Irma. In a three-page draft letter from Judy Genshaft, the USF system president expressed her “profound disappointment” with Wisniewska’s “lack of leadership in […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Dismayed and confused; forum brings no answers to Regional Chancellor sacking

By Timothy Fanning, Dinorah Prevost and Nancy McCann Editor’s note: Shortly after this story was published, the real reason for Wisniewska’s ousting emerged. You can find that story here. The new leader of the university assured students Monday that things will proceed smoothly in the months ahead, while professors and students expressed shock, dismay and […]

President defends ouster of chancellor

Top USF St. Petersburg leader ousted in abrupt, mysterious move

Sophia Wisniewska, the university’s regional chancellor since July 2013, has been dismissed in a move that was as abrupt as it was mysterious. Her temporary replacement will be Martin Tadlock, who came to the university 14 months ago as regional vice chancellor for academic affairs. When news of Wisniewska’s ouster broke Friday night, the USF […]

President defends ouster of chancellor