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October 7, 2011  RSS feed
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JCC Suncoast will honor USF president Nov. 2

28th annual Humanitarian Dinner

Judy Genshaft has led USF since 2000. Judy Genshaft has led USF since 2000. University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft will be honored at the JCC Suncoast’s 28th annual Humanitarian Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

“Bringing the community together to honor remarkable people, like Dr. Genshaft, is a vital facet of the JCC Suncoast’s purpose. The organization aims to support the work of community leaders and to therefore help uplift the community as a whole,” said Ellen Katzman, executive director of the JCC Suncoast.

Among the many reasons for singling out Genshaft for the honor is the fact earlier this year she and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, pledged $1 million, spread over five years, in support of a program at USF for students to study abroad, said Zack Levine, JCC Suncoast marketing and outreach director. “She has done numerous fantastic things for the community,” he said.

In addition to the dinner, which is the major fund-raising effort of the year for the JCC Suncoast, there will be a tribute book. Those interested in purchasing an ad in the book can call Executive Director Katzman at (727) 321-6100. The deadline for ads is Monday, Oct. 17.

The event is open to the public and will include cocktails at 6 p.m. and a sit-down kosher dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $180 per person. To reserve a seat or purchase tickets, call the JCC at (727) 321-6100.

Genshaft will be the latest in a long list of national, state and local luminaries to receive the Humanitarian honor, including Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, former Gov. Bob Graham and the late Charles Rutenberg. The dinner has long served as a major fundraiser, dating back to the Golda Meir Center for seniors before it merged with the Kent Jewish Center, which later merged with the JCC of Pinellas County to become the JCC Suncoast.

Since becoming USF president in 2000, Genshaft has guided the university to extraordinary growth and has helped enhance its reputation for research, academics and athletics.

With a budget of $1.8 billion, the USF system now has campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland, serving more than 47,000 students in more than 232 degree programs. During her presidency, USF has been nationally recognized as a top-tier national research university and has established signature programs in diabetes, neuroscience and sustainable communities. In addition, during Genshaft’s tenure, the athletic program has been admitted to one of the country’s top conferences, the Big East.

“Genshaft has established herself as a leader for economic development, especially related to high-technology and bioscience. She has focused on partnering university research – which under her leadership has grown to more than $390 million – with corporate and entrepreneurial partners,” states her USF biography.

Genshaft has been active in the Jewish community since arriving here in 2000. She is a Tampa Jewish Federation Lion of Judah and has received the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Loebenberg Humanitarian “To Life” Award and a public service award from the Anti-Defamation League. The family attends Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

In March, Genshaft was one of six women to receive the annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award from the Jewish Museum of Florida, given to inspiring women who have been successful in fields generally dominated by men.

As USF president, Genshaft has put the university on the global map.

Last October, she was the only university president from the U.S. to speak at the prestigious Global University Presidents Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Additionally, she has been honored with the Global Leadership Award, presented by Princess Sirindhorn in Thailand.

In Israel, she received the Captain of Education Award from Hadassah College in Jerusalem and has pursued an alliance to bring faculty from Hadassah College to USF.

The board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association recently elected her to serve as its chair, making her the first woman to hold this position. Genshaft has served as chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

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