A Message from USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford

James Dylan Proctor

The entire USF Sarasota-Manatee community is saddened by the tragic death of our recent graduate, James Dylan Proctor, who was so shockingly killed in a traffic accident near Tampa on Wednesday morning.  Dylan was an enthusiastic USF supporter, through-and-through.  He could always be found wearing university gear, and not only gave his all as coxswain for the USFSM rowing club, but also lent his talents as the club’s unofficial cook and musician. The perpetual smile on his face warmed the hearts of all who met him, whether faculty, staff or fellow students. We mourn the loss of a terrific person who brightened our lives and will always be remembered. I send my deepest personal condolences to Dylan’s extended family, friends and loved ones.

We encourage anyone who would like to speak with a counselor at this sad time to take advantage of the services of our Counseling and Wellness Center. Individual appointments may be made by calling 941-487-4254.

Faculty and staff may also find help through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-8705.

Arrangements for a campus-wide memorial service are under way and will be announced soon on USFSM.edu. We join together in holding Dylan and his loved ones in our hearts and thoughts at this very difficult time.


Message from Dr. Judy Genshaft, USF System President

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dylan Proctor, who was a loyal member of the USF Sarasota-Manatee community. His contributions to the institution and particularly the USFSM rowing club helped make the campus a special place. He touched many lives in the time he spent with us and he will be missed.”

4 thoughts on “A Message from USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford

  1. Brenda and Jimmy Proctor

    Thank you all for the out-pouring of love for our beautiful son.
    Brenda and Jimmy Proctor

    1. Mary

      He cared about people and he was genuine. He really loved people and wanted them to be loved. He was the most genuine person and kindest person Ive ever known. I will always love him. He brought kindness and smiles and laughter… The most kindest gentlest caring person i have ever known. I knew if I needed him he’d be there for me in a few hours at most. He was like a pillar I didnt know was there until now. Im so sorry for your loss, he was one of the most beautiful people Ive ever known.

  2. Linda McFarland

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your tragic loss.

    Linda McFarland, Birmingham, Alabama

  3. Benjie Trimmier

    Such a tragedy. I remember so well his hysterical laughter as a baby, toddler and grade school-er. Susan (Proctor) kept me posted on his musical adventures and pursuits. Sweet and happy. He’ll be sorely missed. (Be well, Dylan.)

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