The USFSM Senior Leadership

Dr. Terry A. Osborn
Interim Regional Chancellor 

Terry A. Osborn, PhD, is the Interim Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Osborn previously served as Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the USFSM College of Education. Dr. Osborn is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies who has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edited 6 academic book series, and was the founding co-editor of the journal Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Osborn taught public school for six years before serving on the faculties at the City University of New York, the University of Connecticut, and Fordham University.


Dr. Karen Holbrook
Executive Vice President

Karen A. Holbrook, PhD, is currently serving as the Executive Vice President at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Sr. Advisor to the President at University of South Florida Tampa. Prior to this position, she served as the Interim president at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after leaving the University of South Florida where she was Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, then Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and International Research. Before coming to USF, Dr. Holbrook served as president of The Ohio State University from 2002-2007. She was also the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost and professor of cell biology at the University of Georgia, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida, and associate dean for research and professor of biological structure and medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.

Dr. Holbrook has served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Council of Education (ACE), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), among others. She has participated on numerous advisory panels and councils for the National Institutes of Health, including the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston, and was a member of the Advisory Committee to the immediate past Director of the NIH. She is currently on several boards, including the boards of the Institute of International Education (IIE), CRDF Global, Academic Assembly, Inc., Techne, Inc., and was chair of the board for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

She has been a member of the International Advisory Councils and numerous committees of KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) since the early years of its founding in 2006, and served as a Trustee on their Bo. She has also been a Trustee for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Holbrook had a productive research career in the biomedical sciences and was a MERIT Award recipient from the NIH and served on several editorial boards of professional journals. She has been awarded with numerous awards and prizes nationally and internationally. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a doctorate in biological structure at the University of Washington, School of Medicine where she also served as a postdoctoral fellow in dermatology and a faculty member.


Ben EllinorMr. Ben Ellinor
Regional Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Ben Ellinor has served as the Regional Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at USFSM since July 2001. For five years prior to that, he served as Budget Director for New College. He came to Sarasota from Florida State University where he was a Coordinator, Administrative Services for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and served as a Coordinator, Continuing Education for the Center for Professional Development and Public Service. Before entering higher education, Mr. Ellinor served for over 10 years as the Executive Director of the Gadsden County (FL) Chamber of Commerce where he led a successful economic development effort in generating new employment and business investment. He has a Bachelor of Science from the Florida State University School of Business.


Bonnie JonesDr. Bonnie Jones
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Bonnie Jones, PhD, is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness and SACSCOC accreditation liaison. She began her second academic career at USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2005 after retiring from Ohio’s educational system with 30 years of service at three state universities and on the high-school level. Dr. Jones has directed a variety of higher education areas, including student affairs, academic affairs, and educational research. She received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University and completed graduate work at Kent State University, earning a master’s degree in Educational Administration and a PhD in Educational Psychology. Dr. Jones’s primary research interest is in the prediction of student academic success based on demographic, academic, and psychological factors.


Mr. Casey Welch
Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and Government Affairs

Casey Welch serves as the Assistant Vice President for External and Governmental Affairs.  He has worked in the United States Congress over several congressional terms.  Mr. Welch served as Deputy Legislative Director for Congressman Adam Putnam, who represented portions of the Tampa Bay area and central Florida.  Prior to his position in Washington, D.C. he worked over the course of three years in the Florida House of Representatives and the office of Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Mr. Welch has represented two of Florida’s largest agricultural trade associations in Washington, D.C. before coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2011.  He is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History.  Mr. Welch enjoys being involved in the Sarasota/Manatee community through various organizations and events.  He is a Sarasota native who is a past president of the Florida 4-H Foundation and a current member of the Mote Marine Laboratory Advisory Council.