WUSF Recognizes Education Dean as ‘Graduate Champion’

A photo of USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, Dr. Bill Heller, and WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky standing side-by-side in the library.

From left: USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, Dr. Bill Heller, and WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky.

USF St. Petersburg College of Education Dean Bill Heller was recognized by WUSF Public Media as one of this year’s three “Tampa Bay American Graduate Champions.” Heller was recognized at a reception on Monday, Sept. 12 in the Jeanne & Bill Heller Scholars’ Lounge at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. View more photos on the USFSP Facebook gallery.

The award is part of the public media initiative “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The purpose of the initiative is to help students stay on path to on-time high school graduation and future success.

“Bill was nominated because he has been a longtime supporter of WUSF, one of our longest and most dedicated supporters,” said JoAnn Urofsky, general manager at WUSF. “He also was nominated for his ongoing and continuing support of public education in Pinellas County.”

A photo of USFSP Dean of the College of Education Bill Heller

Dr. Bill Heller

Since 1992, Heller has served in leadership capacities on campus, even serving a decade as the campus’s Chief Executive Officer.

“He has a heart for USFSP, generously making scholarship and gift donations to the USF System for more than 25 years,” said Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska during remarks to recognize Heller for his years of leadership and service.

Last year’s “Graduate Champions” included USF Bulls Football Head Coach Willie Taggart.

Watch the WUSF video feature about Bill Heller: