The University of South Florida has appointed Dr. Steve Currall to be its next president.
The school’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint Currall, who has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist University (SMU).
The move comes after Dr. Judy Genshaft announced she would be stepping down from the job in July 2019. Genshaft served USF for 19 years.
Currall will be the university’s seventh president.
“The legacy of President Genshaft and the momentum that this university has is really like no other in the country,“ Currall said Friday afternoon while addressing the trustees for the first time as President-elect. “Just thrilled to have an opportunity to be a part of the community.“
Currall’s appointment concludes a six month search for USF’s new leader, which was whittled down to four finalists this week.
“We’re really excited about this time and starting a new era under your leadership,“ Genshaft said to Currall and the trustees. That sentiment was echoed by both the incoming and outgoing student body presidents, both present at Friday’s board of trustees proceedings.
“He seems like a great person and I can’t wait to see what he puts forth for the university,“ said Britney Deas.
“I’m really proud and excited to see what Dr. Currall is able to do,“ said Monneer Kheireddine, who previously recommended another candidate before voting for Currall along with the trustees on behalf of the student body.