The University of South Florida is a large, public 4-year university offering undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral level degrees. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and is ranked 45th in the nation for research expenditures among all universities, public or private.
Steven Currall, Ph.D, President and CEO/Corporate Secretary of the University of South Florida
Steven Currall, Ph.D. became the seventh president of the University of South Florida on July 1, 2019. President Currall brings to the presidency a broad range of academic leadership experience at high-performing research universities and private institutions. He has conducted research and taught for three decades on organizational psychology topics such as innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation and corporate governance. President Currall was lead author of a book on university-business-government collaboration entitled, Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Prosperity (Oxford University Press).
Previously, President 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 the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, two satellite campuses and SMU Global and Online. President Currall also held a number of positions at the University of California, Davis, from 2009 to 2016, and at Rice University in Houston from 1993 to 2005. At UC Davis, he served as senior advisor to the chancellor for strategic projects and initiatives, which included co-chairing a campus-wide strategic visioning exercise to position UC Davis as a "University of the 21st Century."
At Rice, he founded the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which assisted in the launch of more than 160 new technology start-up companies. Those firms raised in excess of $300 million in equity capital. A native of Kansas City, Mo., President Currall earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University, a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (cum laude) from Baylor University.