The USF Board of Trustees was created in 2001 and is responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the system mission and the implementation and maintenance of high quality education programs within the laws and rules of the State. The legislature also mandated a Campus Board for each of the following USF System institutions and campuses: USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The members of each Campus Board are appointed by the USF Board of Trustees.
The 13 trustees include distinguished figures in the law, commerce, medicine, education, philanthropy and public policy leadership. Six trustees are appointed by Florida’s governor and five trustees are appointed by the Board of Governors. The USF System Faculty Advisory Council President and USF System Student Advisory Council President also serve as trustees. The University of South Florida System President and President of the University of South Florida serves as Corporate Secretary.