When first approached to act as a community member of the Vision 20/20 for USFSP, I was flattered, but wondered why did they want someone from Clearwater. It didn’t take long to figure that out. While USFSP is a city University sitting on the water in St. Petersburg, it’s economic impact can be and should be felt throughout the Tampa Bay region, and for that matter have touch points around the globe.
The passion of the students, staff and faculty was obvious from the beginning. There was a real desire on all parties to be bold and to do something great. Under the careful guidance of facilitators Liz and Nancy, the group has met twice in one and a half day sessions, held forums to seek additional input from students, faculty, staff and the community, and made learning trips to corporations and other universities to study how they accomplished their strong strategic plan. All of the hard work and extra hours put in by the participants is absolutely amazing and everyone should be proud of the work they have done.
Although we’re coming into the homestretch with our meeting at the end of this month, input is still needed. So, if you’ve got something to say, now is the time to do it. Once completed, it will be vetted with all of USFSP’s stakeholders. The future looks bright for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Thanks for letting me be part of this wonderful process.
By Ray Ferrara
Vision Team Member and President/CEO of ProVise Management Group, LLC.