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Business Observer Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 4 months ago

Rhea Law officially becomes University of South Florida's next president

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At its March 30 meeting, the Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved her appointment.

TAMPA — Rhea Law is no longer the University of South Florida’s interim president.

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Florida Board of Governors, the organization that oversees the state university system, unanimously approved Law as USF’s full time leader. With the board’s approval, Law makes history as the first USF alumnus to hold the presidency. She has also served as chair of the university’s board of trustees, in addition to working at USF as a staff member.

Courtesy. Rhea Law has served as interim president of USF since August 2021. She now has the job on a full time, permanent basis.

"Today's confirmation by the Board of Governors is a recognition of the University of South Florida’s tremendous momentum," Law states in a message sent to the entire USF community. "I am continuously inspired by the dedication of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and others within our community to shaping a better world and changing lives. It’s their passion, commitment and talent that will make the next era for USF our finest yet.”

Law, a prominent Tampa attorney and business leader, had been serving as USF’s interim president since August, when she filled the vacancy created by former President Steve Currall’s unexpected retirement. She was the CEO and chair of law firm Fowler White Boggs and helped lead its merger with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in 2014.

“Rhea Law has worked tirelessly for many years to advocate for the University of South Florida and strengthen the entire Tampa Bay region through her commitment to civic engagement and public service,” Board of Governors Chair Brian Lamb states in a news release. “Rhea is a proven leader who will continue USF’s trajectory of excellence.”

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