The president of St. Petersburg College has chosen to fire a campus provost after school officials said he strayed from protocol, withholding information about an eyebrow-raising arrest for too long.
Marvin Bright, the former leader of SPC's Tarpon Springs campus, was arrested on Sept. 1 after Pasco sheriff's deputies said he forced his way into the home of a woman he had dated and choked her....
Richard Spencer wants his talk at the University of Florida to be timely, "not curdled milk."
After all, UF will be the first school to host the notorious white nationalist since his "Unite the Right" rally brought torches, Nazi chants and bloodshed to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Still, his speech will center on his primary concern: what he calls the necessity of white identity, and a white homeland, in a multiracial era. His message to students, he said, will be an adopted mantra from Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher: "Become who you are."...
The University of South Florida announced on Wednesday that cognitive science researcher Paul Atchley will join USF to serve as senior associate vice president and dean of undergraduate studies.
Atchley, a University of Kansas faculty member since 1998, brings experience in higher education leadership and is well-known for his research, the university said. He will begin at USF in January. ...
On Sept. 1, the leader of St. Petersburg College's Tarpon Springs campus was arrested, accused of forcing his way into the home of a woman he had dated and choking her.
But college officials say it wasn't until Sept. 18 that Marvin Bright told them about his arrest. His boss has asked for his firing, citing misconduct for "not being truthful and forthcoming."
Bright's attorney disputes that timeline, saying that his client tried several times to meet with SPC President Tonjua Williams to no avail. He said Bright texted her as early as Sept. 5....
ST. PETERSBURG — Disbelief has shadowed the waterfront campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg since the abrupt ouster of its well-liked leader, but along with that shock has emerged a trademark streak of defiance.
Faculty members trade rumors, many unwilling to accept USF's rationale for the forced resignation of regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, who ruffled feathers when she caught a ride to Atlanta as Hurricane Irma bore down....
Some final details remain. But after signing off on security cost estimates, notorious white nationalist Richard Spencer is poised to speak at the University of Florida in three weeks.
UF cautions that Spencer's people still haven't been sent a contract.
"Just because they've agreed to pay doesn't mean we've received a check," UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said.
But Spencer's event organizer is already claiming victory as weeks of negotiations draw to a close....
09/25/17 Real Estate
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay philanthropists Dr. Kiran Patel and his wife, Dr. Pallavi Patel are spending $200 million to create and promote a Tampa Bay regional campus for the private Nova Southeastern University.
Their commitment to the Fort Lauderdale-based university — $50 million in a cash donation and $150 million toward real estate the Patels would continue to control — would rank among the largest individual commitments to a college or university....
The University of South Florida on Tuesday named a business program for the Vinik family.
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, and the team, helped launch USF’s dual-degree, sports-centric graduate program in 2012.
It will now be called the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management program.
USF officials said the renaming comes amid Jeff and Penny Vinik’s generous and ongoing support, which they said totals $5 million....
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has said over and over again that sexual assault on campus is an issue she wants to get right.
On Friday, her department rolled back Obama-era guidance and released new steps that will “treat all students fairly,” DeVos said, as schools investigate and adjudicate thorny cases of sexual misconduct on campus....
TAMPA – Another year, another record-breaking freshman class for the University of South Florida.
Its incoming students boast the strongest academics and most diversity in school history, officials said Tuesday.
It's also the biggest group of students the USF System has ever seen, numbering more than 50,000 enrollments between the main campus in Tampa and regional institutions USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee....
ST. PETERSBURG — The former leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, who resigned Monday amid internal criticism of her handling of Hurricane Irma, is defending her decisions during the storm.
"I strongly reject any question of my leadership during Irma and my leadership during my tenure at USFSP," former regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska wrote in a text message to a Tampa Bay Times reporter Monday night. "Certainly, I did nothing to warrant firing for cause. However, I do realize that President Genshaft has the right to choose another Chancellor, and she did."...
ST. PETERSBURG — While students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg awaited a lashing from Hurricane Irma, the school's leader fled the state for Atlanta and insinuated in an email to her boss that she remained on campus — going so far as to say things were quiet and that she heard birds chirping.
After the storm, USF officials moved to fire USFSP regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska for incompetence and "lack of leadership," criticizing her departure and alleging that she had hesitated to evacuate students as Irma grew more dangerous....
TAMPA — Jenn Flansburg found an old journal recently. She had written so hard that the pencil broke.
"Anger, hatred, jealousy," she recalled. "It consumed me."
Finding peace took time. It took a lot of visits with her mental health counselor. It took humility, especially the day Flansburg returned to her third-graders at Carrollwood Day School and felt all eyes on her.
Flansburg got help then. Now she's asking for a different kind of aid....
ST. PETERSBURG — The leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has been ousted.
University officials did not provide an immediate reason on Friday for the departure of Sophia Wisniewska, USFSP's regional chancellor of four years.
Wisniewska said she is leaving her post with pride and gratitude.
"One of the great joys of my career has been my years as regional chancellor at USFSP," Wisniewska wrote in a text message to the Tampa Bay Times late Friday. "In the life of any institution, there are natural times for leadership change. This is one of them."...
The power trucks massed in the morning.
They rolled out into quiet streets across Tampa Bay, where residents shared extension cords and bags of ice and precious air-conditioned real estate. When they had nothing else to give, people offered patience.