Read Thursday’s Oracle for complete coverage of the new board of trustees. But for now, here is a list of the members and a quick look at their backgrounds:
Former Sen. Connie Mack represented Florida in the United States Senate from 1989 to 2001. He also served as the U.S. Congressman from Florida’s 13th District for six years. Holding membership on numerous boards, Mack sits on the Board of Directors for the Moffitt Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society Foundation and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Mack has received honorary degrees from Stetson University, University of Tampa, St. Thomas University, University of Miami and Barry University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1966 from the University of Florida. Mack is currently senior policy advisor for Shaw Pittman in Washington, DC and is a resident of Don Pedro Island.
H. Patrick Swygert is president of Howard University, a position he has held since 1995. Prior to that, he served as president of the State University of New York at Albany, and executive vice president of Temple University School of Law School in Philadelphia. Swygert has served as chairman of the Washington, D.C. Consortium of Schools and Colleges from 1996 to 1997 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fanne Mae. He received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 1965 and his law degree in 1968. Swygert is a resident of Washinton, D.C.
Gus A. Stavros, chairman of PELAM Investments, Inc., has been active in numerous professional, civic and educational organizations, including the Governor’s Council of 100 Business/Higher Education Partnership Committee. Stavros has also been involved with USF, serving as the chairman of the Foundation and sitting on its Board of Directors Executive Committee. A graduate of the University of Florida with a certificate in basic engineering, Stavros also received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. Stavros is a resident of St. Petersburg.
John B. Ramil is president for the Tampa Electric Company. He has served as a director on the USF Foundation Board, the USF Alumni Board, the USF Engineering College Advisory Board and the Stavros Center for Free Enterprise Education Advocacy Board. In 1999, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of USF. Ramil’s company sited its Energy Technology Resource Center next to the USF campus five years ago. Coupled with USF’s research initiatives, the partnership has become a valuable resource for the business and academic community. Ramil has twice served as the chairman for the annual Hillsborough County Great American Teach-In, an event that encourages the business community to get involved with and spend a day at a local elementary, middle or high school. He received his bachelor’s degree from USF in 1978 and his master’s degree from USF in 2000. Ramil is a resident of Tampa.
Chris T. Sullivan is the founder, chairman and CEO of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. He has been active in the USF Foundation Board as well as mentoring and scholarship programs, Take Stock in Children and the Stavros Center at USF. Sullivan is active in a number of business organizations, including Florida council of 100 and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sullivan earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics in 1972. Sullivan is a resident of Tampa.
Lee E. Arnold, Jr. is the CEO and chairman of the board of Arnold Companies, Colliers Arnold. He is a member of the USF Foundation, current chairman for the Finance/Investment Committee of USF, the President’s Council, the College of Business Dean’s Circle. He is a USF athletic booster and has served on numerous USF task forces. He is also a member of the Florida Council of 100. Arnold is the 2000-2001 chairman of the Tampa Bay Partnership, a seven-county CEO-driven economic development organization. He is the recipient of the 2001USF President’s Distinguished Citizens Award and the 2001 Donald A. Gifford Alumni Service Award. Arnold received his bachelor’s degree from USF in 1969. Arnold is a resident of Clearwater.
Richard A. “Dick” Beard, III is a real estate adviser with R. A. Beard, Co. He served as a member of the Florida Board of Regents and is currently a member of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s Board of Directors. He previously served on the Alumni Board of Trustees at the Georgia Institute of Technology and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Tampa. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tampa General Hospital Foundation. Beard received his bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967. Beard is a resident of Tampa.
Steven G. Burton is managing partner of the Tampa Office of Broad and Cassel Attorneys at Law. He also serves as chairman of the firm’s Internet Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Burton has received several honors for his legal work including an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell publication, a rating received by five percent of attorneys. An active member of numerous civic and business organizations, Burton is a supporter of USF’s President’s Council, Leadership USF, and USF’s College of Business Administration. A graduate of USF, Burton received his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and law degree from Stetson College of Law in 1988. Burton is a resident of Tampa.
Margarita R. Cancio, M.D. is a native of Cuba, and emigrated to Florida from Spain. She has held numerous positions within the medical profession including chief of the Department of Internal Medicine and chief of staff for Tampa General Hospital (TGH). Cancio has served as trustee for the Florida Health Science Board and the TGH Foundation Board. She is the founder and medical director of the International Traveler’s Clinic and Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa. An alumna of USF, Cancio graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and with an MD in 1982. Cancio is a resident of Tampa.
Ann Wilkins Duncan is the senior vice president for CLW Real Estate Services Group. She served on the 1994 and 2000 USF Presidential Selection Committees as well as the College of Business Advisory Board, the University’s Council of 100 and the Bayboro Campus Advisory Board. Duncan currently serves on the USF Foundation Board and its Community Relations and Audit Committees. She has also helped form partnerships for USF between municipalities, community colleges, and civic organizations. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for Pinellas County Schools. Duncan received her bachelor’s degree from USF in 1987. Duncan is a resident of Tarpon Springs.
Rhea F. Law is an attorney with the firm of Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A. She a member of the board of directors of the University of Tampa College of Business Advisory Board, a member of the board of directors of the University Research Foundation for USF, and a member of the board of directors for the Institute of Environmental Studies at USF. In addition, Law is a founding member and currently serves on the board of directors for the USF Law Alumni Society. She received her bachelor’s degree from USF in 1977 and her law degree from the Stetson College of Law in 1979. Law is a resident of Tampa.
Robert L. Soran is currently president and COO of Uniroyal Technology Corp. A member of the Board of Advisors of the USF College of Engineering, whose focus is to enhance the research and classroom instruction functions of the college to complement those of USF’s various colleges. In addition, Soran manages the operation of Uniroyal Optoelectronics, which actively supports Tech 4’s “Chip Camp” program. The Chip Camp program introduces teachers and counselors to high-tech employment opportunities for students. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, the Florida High-Tech Corridor and the Technological Research and Development Authority. Soran received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnical Institute in 1965. Soranis a resident of Sarasota.
Elected president by the USF student body, Mike Griffin, of Tampa, is the 13th member of the Board of Trustees. Griffin is the former Student Government senate vice president. He is a member of the USF Leadership House and Greek Life. He is the only member of the board not chosen by Gov. Jeb Bush.