USFSP Names New Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Martin Tadlock

Dr. Martin Tadlock

USF St. Petersburg (USFSP) Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska has appointed Martin Tadlock, Ph.D., as Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (RVCAA). Tadlock will lead the Division of Academic Affairs, which comprises the activities of faculty and staff central to the University’s mission of teaching, research and service – including three academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education), the Office of Graduate Studies, the Nelson Poynter Library, Academic Advising, the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center, Registration and Records, and Campus Computing.

“Dr. Tadlock is an outstanding choice for this key leadership position,” said Wisniewska. ”He offers strong academic experience, as well as deep experience in developing and launching new programs. I am very pleased to have Martin as an academic partner as we continue to implement strategic initiatives aimed at taking USFSP to new levels of excellence.”

“Our national search yielded several high-quality candidates,” added Gary Patterson, Ph.D., interim dean of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business and chair of the RVCAA search committee. “We were particularly impressed with Martin’s mentoring and team-building skills. He is a pragmatic, thoughtful leader and a longtime proponent of student and faculty success.”

Most recently, Tadlock served as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College in northern Minnesota. Previously, from 2006-2012, he was Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Provost at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where he also served as Interim President for six months during a presidential search.

“USF St. Petersburg is growing; it is a community of scholars with a distinctive mission that sets it apart from many other regional, comprehensive universities; and it has great leadership in Regional Chancellor Wisniewska,” said Tadlock. “Given USFSP’s focus on integrating into the local community through innovative academic programs, an opportunity to build on strategic goals around enrollment, and the strength of the USF System, I believe this is one of the most exciting places to be in the U.S.”

While at Bemidji State, Tadlock engaged faculty and staff to create BSU’s first master academic plan, co-chaired the university’s strategic planning council to draft a new university strategic plan, and secured new international partner universities as part of a university internationalization initiative. He led efforts to develop new distance learning programs, grow enrollment, and secure partnerships resulting in the creation of a new regional innovation/entrepreneurship center and a regional arts center.

Tadlock earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership from Miami University of Ohio. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Masters of Education in Secondary Education from Utah State University. He’ll join the USFSP campus in late July.

“I am truly excited to join the faculty, staff and students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg,” said Tadlock. “As someone who has ‘been around’ for a while in higher education, I know that the reputation of a university and the success of its students depends upon the passion and dedication of talented people who work together to improve lives, ask questions, pursue answers to those questions, and open up windows of opportunity for those around them.  I saw that passion and dedication in those I met with at USFSP and in the St. Petersburg community.”

Tadlock takes over for V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., who joined USFSP in 2003 and who has served as Interim Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs since last spring. Durand is a professor of Psychology and one of the country’s leading authorities on autism. He is the author of numerous books, including “Essentials of Abnormal Psychology,” “Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach,” “Sleep Better!: A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children With Special Needs,” and “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners.” Durand was the 2015 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s esteemed Jacobson Award for Critical Thinking.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Durand for the extraordinary dedication and insights he brought to Academic Affairs,” said Wisniewska. “Mark sets the standards high for faculty excellence at USFSP, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”