Dr. Steven C. Currall
Steven C. Currall became the seventh president of the University of South Florida on July 1, 2019.
Dr. Currall brings to the presidency a broad range of academic leadership experience at high-performing research universities and private institutions. He has held appointments at institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) — the group of top research universities in the U.S. and Canada to which USF aspires – including the University of California, Davis, Rice University, and the University of Chicago. He also has held appointments at universities with multiple campuses.
He has conducted research and taught for three decades on organizational psychology topics such as innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation and corporate governance. At USF, he is a tenured professor. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected in 2013 for the study of societal impacts of science and engineering. In addition, he served as a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group at the invitation of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Previously, Dr. Currall served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 2016 to 2019. In that role, he oversaw all academic colleges/schools, as well as SMU Libraries, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Division of Enrollment Services, curriculum, Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, Institutional Research, International Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, two satellite campuses and SMU Global and Online. Dr. Currall also was the David B. Miller Endowed Professor and held academic appointments in the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Lyle School of Engineering.
President Genshaft has long been committed to economic development efforts in the Tampa Bay region, serving as chair of The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. In 2018, she will chair the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. She also is active in Florida’s Business/Higher Education Partnership Committee, and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Board of Directors.