Two USF Presidential Candidates Move to Next Steps in Research Process I USF News
Two candidates seeking to become the eighth president in University of South Florida history are moving forward in the search process. Today, the USF Presidential Search Committee interviewed Acting President Rhea Law and Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley and voted to advance both candidates to the next round, which includes visits to each of the three campuses. from USF, followed by interviews with the USF Board of Directors (BOT). The exact schedule for these events will be announced as soon as details are confirmed.
Campus tours will give members of the USF community the opportunity to interact with each candidate and provide BOT members with another way to gather feedback from the public before their interviews.
After each session, participants will be able to share their feedback through an online portal, which will be available on the Presidential Search website. These comments will be reviewed by the BOT.
After interviewing both candidates, the BOT will then vote on advancing one candidate for confirmation by the Florida Board of Governors.
Below are the biographies of each nominee:
Rhea Law’s leadership experiences and qualifications are many and diverse. A USF alumnus, she is the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Fowler White Boggs, a Florida law firm. She led Fowler’s merger with a national firm, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, in 2014. She is a founding board member of USF, where she spent five years as vice president and four years as the first and only female. chair.
She is also a founding board member of the USF Law Alumni Society, served as a board member of the USF Research Foundation, and was named a 2018 Distinguished Alumna by the USF Alumni Association. She chaired the board of the Health Professions Conferencing Corporation with the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). In 2018, she was inducted as an honorary member of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of her support of research and innovation at USF. In 2013, she received an Honorary Doctor of Medicine from the USF Morsani College of Medicine. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum and the Board of Trustees of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and currently serves on Moffitt’s National Advisory Board.
Law earned her undergraduate degree in management from USF, putting herself through school while working as an academic research project administrator for the Office of Sponsored Research. She went on to earn her terminal law degree at Stetson University College of Law, where she later served as chair of their Board of Supervisors, helping to select both a dean of the College of Law and the president of the university.
Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley (US Army, retired)
Lieutenant General Talley is a senior executive with experience in military, academic, corporate and government positions. He has experience in large organizations, public-private partnerships, national security and cybersecurity, environmental and energy sustainability, disaster emergency management, infrastructure resilience, analytics and technology data, R&D and higher education.
He is currently a member of the Washington DC-based US Global Leadership Coalition, an organization that works to strengthen national security tools. He is also President and CEO of the Public-Private Partnership Initiatives (P3i) group, a management consulting firm for government, corporations, non-profits and universities. His military career included assignments in the United States, Korea, Kuwait and Iraq. His service culminated in 2012 when he was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant General and served a four-year term as the 32nd Chief of the Army Reserve and Seventh Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command – an organization of more than 215,000 soldiers and civilians and 134 general officers and cadres, with an annual operating budget of $9 billion and operations in more than 30 countries, including all states and territories. He received numerous medals and awards, including two Army Distinguished Medals and three Bronze Star Medals. He retired from the military in 2016 and was recognized by the US Senate on June 28, 2016, with “Tribute to Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley”, as evidenced by the Congressional filing.
Talley holds a Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University, an Executive MBA from Oxford University, an MSE (Environmental Engineering and Science) from Johns Hopkins University, an MLA (Liberal Arts – History/Philosophy) from Washington University in St. Louis, an MSS (Strategic Studies) from the US Army War College, an MA (Religious Studies) from Assumption College and a BS (Forestry – Natural Resource Management) from Louisiana State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) in Sustainability and a Graduate Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE).