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University names new top academic officer

By Timothy Fanning USF St. Petersburg has found its new top academic officer. Olufunke A. Fontenot, a criminal justice professor with an administrative background will begin as interim chancellor of academic affairs Dec. 1. She will fill the role left by Martin Tadlock, who became campus leader after his predecessor was forced to resign for […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

Twenty-three full faculty members write letter of support for Wisniewska

This letter was written and signed by 23 full faculty members of USFSP. When asked for her reaction, Sophia Wisniewska responded via text saying “As you may suspect, I was very honored by the professional support that I received from those with whom I worked the closest. Their support means the world to me. It […]

Opinion: DeVos’ campus rape policy rollbacks hurt victims

President defends ouster of chancellor

By Michael Moore Jr. A national search to find a new regional chancellor will begin next August, 11 months after Sophia Wisniewksa was ousted for the way she handled Hurricane Irma. That announcement came Friday as USF system President Judy Genshaft broke a silence of nearly three weeks and met with faculty, staff and students […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

Campus athletics are possible, but at a cost

By Delaney Brown After years of suggestions to introduce intercollegiate sports, the university received an early study on the possibility of bringing them to campus.   It is entirely possible for the USF St. Petersburg campus to build an athletic program, according to senior vice president Kurt Patberg of Athletic Staffing and Consultants. Former Regional […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

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 […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

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 […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

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 […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

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 […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

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 […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography

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 […]

History professor reflects on writing Arthur Ashe biography