|11th President of the|
University of South Florida
|Assumed office |
July 5, 2000
|Preceded by||Betty Castor|
|Born||January 7, 1948|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin at Madison BSW|
Kent State University MEd
Kent State University PhD
Judy Lynn Genshaft (born January 7, 1948) is President of University of South Florida since 2000. She will be stepping down from the position in July 2019 after a 19-year tenure.  She received $879,506 for the 2015-2016 academic year, ranking her as the 11th highest paid university president in the United States.
Early life and career
Genshaft was born and raised in Canton, Ohio in 1948. Her father was a Russian immigrant who migrated to the United States after fleeing conscription. Her mother is a Canton native with family roots in Russia. As a child, she thought all old people spoke Yiddish and was surprised when she heard an older person speak English.
She graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in social work and psychology in 1969. She completed her masters in 1973 and doctorate in 1975 at Kent State University in school counseling and counseling psychology, respectively. After graduation, she worked at Ohio State University. She received tenure and full professor rank.
President at University of South Florida
Following the September 11 attacks, USF professor Sami Al-Arian was interviewed by Bill O'Reilly regarding his connections to Ramadan Shalah, leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine. In October 2001, Genshaft placed Al-Arian on paid administrative leave and prohibited him from entering USF property because she believed his presence would compromise campus security. When students and faculty were on leave for winter recess in December 2001, Genshaft and the USF Board of Trustees fired Al-Arian from teaching at USF. The Faculty Senate President Gregory Paveza condemned firing as underhanded because the professor did not have his side of the story heard. The faculty adviser to the Provost resigned in protest of the firing. The Faculty Senate held an emergency meeting in January 2002 in which they approved a resolution that condemned the firing as an assault to academic freedom. United Faculty of Florida, the faculty union representing USF professors, voted to throw its full support behind Al-Arian and condemned the university for exaggerating security concerns until he was arrested by the FBI.
Salary and staff sick pay eliminations
After 2015, her contract is renewed year-to-year rather than spanning five years. In March 2017, USF's Board of Trustees voted to provide her with a total compensation package $924,547, including a base salary of $505,837 with 37% of the total package tied to performance. Under Florida law, state funding for the president's salary is capped at $200,000. USF uses private funding to make up the difference.
Relationship with student body
In 2016, a student campaign organized by Students for a Democratic Society to persuade Genshaft to change the name of a campus building named failed. The campaign targeted the removal of Bill Young's name because of Young's homophobic actions in the 1960s on the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee and his continued support for anti-LGBTQIA+ policies up until his death.
In 2018, USF met 11 of the 12 metrics for "full preeminence standard". Genshaft set a goal of meeting full preeminence standards and in June 2018 anticipates the Florida BOG will certify the fulfillment.
Adjunct faculty protests
Adjunct faculty professors launched Faculty Forward, a campaign to unionize adjuncts. A state hearing officer recommended Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) in October 2017 to approve the adjuncts’ request for an election “as soon as is practicable” but Genshaft's administration took steps to delay union elections. The protesting adjunct professors were supported by Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp.
Genshaft married Steven Greenbaum in 1989 and has two sons, Joel and Bryan. She serves on the board of directors of Fresh Mark, an Ohio-based meat producer that was started by Genshaft's father and is currently run by the Genshaft family. Her brother Neil Genshaft is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Mark. She decided not to live in the on-campus residence, the 9,000-square-foot Lifsey House, and lives currently in Tampa Palms neighborhood near campus.
She received leadership awards from Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand. She received an honorary degrees from Yeungnam University. In 2012, the USF marching band dedicated its first half time show of the 2012-13 season to her.
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