Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D.

President Genshaft Appoints Sophia T. Wisniewska as USFSP Regional Chancellor

Dear USF St. Petersburg Faculty, Staff and Students:

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Sophia T. Wisniewska will serve as chancellor of USF St. Petersburg, effective July 1.

Dr. Wisniewska, chancellor of Penn State Brandywine since 2005, brings a sound academic background as a scholar of Russian language and literature and extensive experience in key leadership positions in the Penn State System including her current position where she serves as Chancellor of Penn State Brandywine.  Additionally Dr. Wisniewska served for six years as dean and chief executive officer at Temple University Ambler.

I believe Dr. Wisniewska has the experience and vision to continue the tremendous progress we have witnessed at USF St. Petersburg. Her commitment to scholarship, teaching and community engagement will enrich both USFSP and the broader community.  She will inspire all who meet her.

While at Penn State and Temple University, Dr. Wisniewska created innovative academic programs and forged strong relationships with community leaders that strengthened both institutions. She understands that research and community engagement enrich the educational experience of all students and improves the broader community.

I thank Frank Biafora, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Regional Chancellor Search Advisory Committee, for his leadership and all the committee members for their hard work and commitment to an open and collegial process.

I also thank Dr. Bill Hogarth for his leadership as interim regional chancellor these past several months. He has demonstrated his administrative capabilities and work ethic by moving USFSP forward while continuing to serve as director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

Finally, I thank all of you for your dedication during this transitional period. I look forward to working closely with Dr. Wisniewska and her team to continue the forward momentum at USF St. Petersburg. Thank you for your service and support.


Judy Genshaft
USF System


Candidates for Regional Chancellor to visit USF St. Petersburg

Candidates for the Regional Chancellor position at USF St. Petersburg will visit the campus within the next two weeks to meet with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community representatives.

We encourage all employees to review the dates that the candidates will be on campus and make plans to meet them at your designated time. We have noted that the itineraries are in “draft” format in case there are meetings that have to be slightly moved. If these meetings affect our campus, we will notify you if at all possible.

The candidates and their campus visit dates are:

  1. Dr. Ralph Rogers
    1. USF Tampa – February 11
    2. USFSP – February 12
  2. Dr. Ron Brown
    1. USF Tampa – February 14
    2. USFSP – February 15
  3. Dr. Sophia Wisniewska
    1. USF Tampa – February 18
    2. USFSP – February 19

Detailed Itineraries

On-Campus Interview Evaluation Form

Download the Regional Chancellor on-campus Interview Evaluation Form. Note: All feedback forms must be received by close of business Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Search advisory committee recommends three candidates for next Regional Chancellor

The Regional Chancellor Search Advisory Committee today recommended that USF System President Judy Genshaft consider three candidates for the position of Regional Chancellor of USF St. Petersburg.

The recommendations came at the end of the second day of committee interviews of six candidates for the post. The committee’s recommendations now go to President Genshaft. Candidates will be invited to USF St. Petersburg in the coming weeks for a series of meetings with stakeholders.

The three recommended candidates in alphabetical order are:

“It was an impressive pool of candidates the committee considered and choosing the final three was not easy,” said Frank Biafora, Ph.D., committee chair and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Read more details about the candidates.

USF St. Petersburg search committee narrows candidate pool for next chancellor to six, schedules interviews

The USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Search Advisory Committee met on Monday, Jan. 14, and voted to narrow its pool of candidates to lead the institution to six.

The six candidates will be invited to interview in person over two days at the Marriott at Tampa International Airport, Jan. 28-29.

The committee will then choose three candidates who may be invited to a series of interviews and public presentations at USF St. Petersburg.

The six candidates to be interviewed are:

  • Linda Bradley, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director, University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach Regional System, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Ron Brown, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
  • Bill Hogarth, Ph.D., Interim Regional Chancellor, USF St. Petersburg and director, Florida Institute of Oceanography, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Michael Lane, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting and former President, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.
  • Ralph Rogers, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
  • Sophia Wisniewska, Ph.D., Chancellor, Penn State Brandywine, Media, Pa.

Interviews for candidates will be held in the Collier Room. Here is the schedule:

Jan. 28

  • 9:00 -10:30 – Ralph Rogers
  • 1:00 -12:30 – Michael Lane
  • 12:30 -1:30 – lunch for committee
  • 1:30 – 3:00 – Bill  Hogarth
  • 3:30 – 5:00 – Ron Brown

Jan. 29

  • 9:00 – 10:30 – Linda Bradley
  • 11:00 – 12:30 – Sophia Wisniewska
  • 12:30 – 1:30 – lunch and discussion for committee


Regional Chancellor Search Advisory Committee narrows candidate pool

The Regional Chancellor Search Advisory Committee met Friday, Dec. 7, and narrowed the pool of candidates for Regional Chancellor.

The committee chose 10 candidates from a pool of 72 applicants. The committee will take a closer look at the pool of candidates, some of whom will be interviewed in early 2013. The interviews will be open to the public.

The committee then plans to narrow the pool to three finalists, who will be invited to the university for further interviews and public presentations.