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I am Interim Regional Chancellor of USFSP and Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography. I also served three years as Dean of the USF College of Marine Science. Before joining USF, I was the former Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001. I grew up in Jarratt, Virginia, a town of 600 people in southern Virginia. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Richmond in Virginia and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. To fulfill one of my childhood dreams, I took a break in marine research and returned to my hometown to operate a small neighborhood grocery store.

Bill Hogarth’s blog: Undergraduate Open House underscores growing interest in USFSP

Prospective bulls at Undergraduate Open House.

Prospective bulls at Undergraduate Open House.

Last Saturday I had the privilege of welcoming a couple hundred prospective students and their parents to an undergraduate Open House at the University Student Center. It was the second Open House of the fall semester and just as busy as the first. I was struck by the enthusiasm everyone seemed to have for USF St. Petersburg. It seems the … Continue reading

Bill Hogarth’s blog: Students can get the help they need at the Academic Success Center

CeCe Boyles, assistant director of the Academic Success Center, with two of her tutors.

CeCe Boyles, assistant director of the Academic Success Center, with two of her tutors.

We are past the mid-point in the fall semester. It’s a good time for students to take stock – especially freshmen. Are you where you want to be? Do you need to buckle down and focus on what it will take to succeed? Are you uncertain how to do it? It’s not unusual to find yourself behind midway through a … Continue reading

Bill Hogarth: Festival shows science can be fun

St. Petersburg Science Festival

Having fun at last year's SciFest.

The Second Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival is Saturday and it’s going to be bigger and better than the first one last year. We’ll have about 100 exhibits set up along Bayboro Harbor, from Poynter Park all along the USF St. Petersburg waterfront. I got the idea of having a science festival a few years ago when I was dean … Continue reading

Bill Hogarth on helping our distinguished faculty

Associate Professor Deby Cassill conducts field research with students.

Associate Professor Deby Cassill conducts field research with students.

I often talk about how important our students are. They are why we are here. But they are here because of our outstanding faculty — dedicated experts in their fields who get to know their students personally. Many of our distinguished professors balance classroom work with research. It’s important they do both. Their research sheds new light on important subjects … Continue reading

Taking a close look at our growth

USF St. Petersburg aerial

Bill Hogarth is examining how big USFSP should be.

Whenever I ask students why they come here I usually hear the same thing: It’s the best of both worlds. You’re part of a large, well-recognized university system but you can come here and get a quality education with all the perks of a private university. It’s a beautiful campus, the classes are small and the professors get to know … Continue reading