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.


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.