The USF System operates within the USF Board of Trustees governance structure. The USF BOT appoints the USF System President, the Chief Executive Officer, who in turn appoints the Regional Chancellors of the member institutions. The President and other System Officers are advised by four USF System Advisory Councils and the USF System Faculty Council, the principal, representative faculty governance body for the System.

Office of the USF System President

As Chief Executive Officer of the USF System, Dr. Judy Genshaft oversees a system serving more than 49,000 students in over 235 degree programs on the undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels across three campuses: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Genshaft is responsible for the management of all units of the USF System, a $1.8 billion operating budget that includes $380.4 million in sponsored research funding, and relations with the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, the State Board of Education, the Florida Legislature and other state agencies, as well as Congress and federal agencies.

Office of the USFSM Regional Chancellor

Karen A. Holbrook, PhD, is the Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Reporting to the USF System President, Dr. Judy Genshaft, the Regional Chancellor is responsible for all aspects of the institution and serves as its principal leader. In collaboration with the system President, USF Board of Trustees, Campus Board, administrators, faculty, and the community, the Regional Chancellor establishes the mission and strategic priorities of USFSM.

The USFSM Senior Leadership

The Senior Leadership is the on-campus team at USF Sarasota-Manatee that comprises the Regional Chancellor, three Regional Vice Chancellors and two Assistant Vice Presidents.

The USFSM Campus Board

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus board is a group of community leaders who serve terms of four years. The board is responsible for guiding the overall mission and plan of the regional campus while serving as USFSM advocates to the community.

Community Leadership Council

The CLC’s charge is to advise the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board and management team about program and service priorities, and advocate and present information on campus priorities to the community and elected officials. The council has the following standing committees: Careers & Workforce, Community Engagement, Fundraising, Public Advocacy and Visibility.

USF Board of Trustees

The USF Board of Trustees was created in 2001 and is responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the system mission and the implementation and maintenance of high quality education programs within the laws and rules of the State.

Academic Council

The Academic and Student Affairs Council at USF Sarasota-Manatee consists of the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, the four College Deans, the Associate Directors and Directors for Academic and Student Affairs, and the Faculty Senate President and Vice President.  The Academic and Student Affairs Council is responsible for decision-making with regards to academics and the welfare of students and faculty.

State University System Board of Governors

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a member of the Florida State University System (SUS). The SUS comprises 12 state universities and operates under the control of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors is made up of seventeen members, fourteen of whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of seven years. The remaining members include the Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, the Commissioner of Education, and the Chair of the Florida Student Association. The Board oversees the operation and management of the Florida public university system’s twelve institutions.