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40th Anniversary in Focus: USF System a model for success

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: February 02, 2016

Editor’s note: The story here is part of a series of 40 stories commemorating USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 40th anniversary this academic year. For more about USFSM’s history, please visit

USF Sarasota-Manatee is celebrating 40 years of service to the community, but there’s another milestone that helps to set the campus apart. Ten years ago, the University of South Florida officially became a system with three distinct institutions: one in Tampa, one in St. Petersburg and one at the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

This structure, a one-of-a-kind in the state of Florida, allows the USF System to make a global impact while serving the needs of the communities each campus calls home.

In addition to being a strong unified voice for higher education, the USF System seeks to find and capitalize on synergies and economies of scale among its institutions to the benefit of students, faculty, staff, alumni and its host communities.

“Each campus of the USF System brings unique strengths that give us a competitive advantage,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said. “We are able to serve the needs of a broad range of students, faculty and researchers while remaining stronger as one, with a united brand and mission.”

At the heart of the USF System is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. With more than 240 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine, the USF System offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation and creativity and focuses on student success.

As USF Sarasota-Manatee celebrates its 40th year as a campus, similar celebrations are occurring at USF St. Petersburg (celebrating 50 years) and at USF in Tampa (celebrating 60 years). This collective success truly showcases the power and reach of the united USF System.

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