Regional Chancellor’s Office

(727) 873.4387
140 Seventh Avenue South, Bay 208
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5016

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Regional Chancellor’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to USF St. Petersburg.

USFSP is the public university of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County and we are proud to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education in a close-knit environment.

Our hallmarks include professors who share their passion for learning with students in small classes, research collaborations between faculty and students across academic boundaries, and many opportunities for student leadership, all amid the beauty of a waterfront campus in a lively and dynamic downtown.

I invite you to be part of this special place as a student, a supporter and a collaborative partner. If you have ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

– Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D.

Sophia T. Wisniewska, Regional Chancellor

Sophia T. Wisniewska, Regional Chancellor

Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D., began her tenure as Regional Chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in July 1, 2013. As Regional Chancellor, Dr. Wisniewska oversees all aspects of the institution, including the academic, administrative, and external relations.

During her tenure, Dr. Wisniewska has led the development and implementation of an institution-wide strategic plan, Vision 20/20: Engaging Students and the Community to Transform the World. She played a key role in naming the Kate Tiedemann College of Business with a $10 million gift, the largest in USFSP’s history. In 2016, the College’s online MBA has achieved national recognition from US News and World Report as the 15th best program in the nation, 2nd in Florida. Dr. Wisniewska has been instrumental in expanding USFSP’s physical plant through strategic land and property acquisitions.

As Regional Chancellor, Dr. Wisniewska has forged new partnerships with local institutions, including Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Valpak. She serves on the boards of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, and the Dali Museum. She serves as the President of the City’s new Innovation District. She is also a trustee of Widener University in Chester, PA.

Dr. Wisniewska is a scholar of Russian language and literature with extensive experience in key leadership positions in the Penn State System. She joined USF St. Petersburg after eight years as chancellor of Penn State Brandywine. Prior to her service at Penn State, she served six years as dean and chief executive officer at Temple University Ambler. She also taught Russian language and literature at Bryn Mawr College.

Born in a small Polish town, Dr. Wisniewska grew up in Philadelphia and was the first member of her family to graduate from college. She earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian with a minor in history from Penn State. She also participated in Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.