Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, is celebrating 35 years with USF.
Guilford began his career at USF Tampa in 1975 as an assistant professor of Communications Sciences and Disorders; later was Chair of the department for 15 years; and became Associate Dean of Faculty and Program Development for USF Tampa’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2004, overseeing tenure, honors and awards for over 650 faculty members.
“My past 35 years at USF have been great years of change, growth, and improvement,” Guilford said. “In 35 years I have watched the development of the USF Medical School, the growth of USF Athletics, and certainly the important and rapid growth of strong regional presence.
In 2006, Guilford was appointed by USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft to lead the search for a new Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. After meeting with several qualified candidates, the faculty of USFSM collectively wrote a letter to President Genshaft asking that Guilford be interviewed for the position. She agreed, and at the conclusion of the search, Guilford was appointed Regional Chancellor in 2007.
During his time as Regional Chancellor, Guilford has been instrumental in creating a learning center in North Port, building new programs and degree programs, leading USFSM’s efforts to become LEED certified, and is spearheading USFSM’s move toward separate accreditation from USF Tampa, a process that should be approved this summer and will provide USFSM with a greater ability to respond to community needs.
“Separate accreditation will enable us to take charge of our own destiny,” Guilford said. “It will give us the authority to hire, promote and tenure our faculty and tailor our programs based on the needs of the community.”
Guilford also foresees USFSM admitting its first freshman class in 2012 – the first step in becoming a four year university.
“We know that we lose approximately 1,159 high school students annually who leave the area because they want a university experience right out of high school,” he said. “We will be able to provide a four-year university experience, eliminate the ‘brain drain’ and retain students, many of whom will become leaders in our community.”
Guilford has served on multiple boards of directors, including The Sarasota and Manatee Chambers of Commerce, The Manatee County Economic Development Corporation, The Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation, SunTrust Bank, the Junior League of Sarasota, the American Heart Association Sarasota/Manatee, Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center, the Suncoast Workforce Board and Pines of Sarasota Advisory Board. In 2011 he was also the chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for a Cure, for which USFSM raised over $2,000.
“The University of South Florida and USF Sarasota-Manatee are so much better for Arthur’s leadership,” said USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft. “Since he began in 1975, the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at USF has become one of the Top 5 programs of its kind in the nation. His visionary leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee has gained national and international attention, and I look forward to the growth that this campus will experience as a result.”
Genshaft announced to the staff and faculty at USFSM that she would love for Guilford to stay with USF for another 35 years, to which Guilford has some thoughts.
“I look forward to continuing to build upon the excellent work we’ve done here, and if I make it another 35 years – that will just be icing on the cake.”