Board of Trustees

Ultimate responsibility for the University resides with the Board of Trustees, as governance of the University is legally invested in the Board. This group of outstanding professionals meets formally four times each year and provides oversight to all areas of the University and works to raise resources. Comments to the Board of Trustees may be sent to

Charlotte Baker
Digital Hands

Leo B. Berman '69
Palm Beach Yacht Center

Thilo D. Best
Bayshore Retirement Partners
Allen R. Brinkman II
Chairman, President and CEO
SunTrust Bank, Tampa Bay

The Honorable Bob Buckhorn
City of Tampa

Christine M. Burdick
Tampa Downtown Partnership

Robert C. Calafell '66 MBA '75
Senior Vice President (Retired) 
GTE (Verizon)

Phillip E. Casey
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
The University of Tampa 
Chairman (Retired) 

Blake J. Casper
CEO and Chairman
Caspers Company 

Thomas A. Castriota 
Castriota Chevrolet

Patty Martini Clark 
Realtor Associate Sales Manager 
The Toni Everett Company

O. Rex Damron, Ph.D. 
Saint Yago Education Foundation

Don DeFosset
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
The University of Tampa
Chairman and CEO
DJD Group

James L. Ferman Jr.
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
The University of Tampa
President and CEO
Ferman Automotive Management

A. William (Bill) Goede
Tampa Bay Market President
Bank of America

Robert D. Gries Jr.
Gries Investment Fund

Gary W. Harrod
Managing Partner

Harrod Properties

John J. Holton '93 
National Alumni Association
The University of Tampa
Vice President, Client Services 
Rita Technology Services

Howard M. Jenkins 
Chairman of the Executive Committee 
Publix Supermarkets

Suzanne Kirkconnell 
The Chislers, Inc.

Edward M. Kobel
President and COO

DeBartolo Development

Katie Krimitsos 
Chief Operations Officer 
Tampa Bay Business Owners

Susan W. Leisner
Chartered Financial Analyst (Retired)

John P. Lowth III '82  
President & CEO 
Arnone, Lowth, Wilson, and Leibowitz, Inc.

James E. MacDougald
Westshore Ventures Inc.

A.D. (Sandy) MacKinnon 
ADM Ventures, Inc.

James S. MacLeod '70 
Chairman and CEO
Coastal South Bankshares Inc.

Kamal Majeed, Ph.D. 
CEO, President and Founder 
NexTech Systems

Roy J. McCraw Jr.
Regional Chairman (Retired) 
Wachovia Bank

Joseph G. Meterchick 
Regional President 
PNC Bank

James K. (Jack) Murray Jr.

Murray Corporation

Nancy J. Rabenold 
Xcira Inc.

Robert J. Rohrlack Jr.
President and CEO

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Douglas C. Rothschild '81
Regional Managing Principal 
Cassidy Turley

Michael S. Southard '80
National Sales Manager
Kichler Landscape Lighting

Thomas W. Spruance 
Family Association Board of Trustees

Craig C. Sturken 
Chairman of the Board 
Spartan Stores

Robert M. Thomas
Two Rivers Ranch Inc.

James (Bubba) A. Turner III

President and CEO

Tampa Armature Works Inc. 

Ronald L. Vaughn, Ph.D.
The University of Tampa

R. Vijayanagar, M.D. 
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (Consultant) 
Medical Director 
Advanced Innovative Medicine

Benjamin B. West
Chairman and Founder

John B. West
Chair of the Board of Trustees
The University of Tampa
Lion Asset Management

Rufus J. Williams III 
Cardinal Point Advisors


Eugene H. McNichols
Chairman and CEO
McNichols Company 

Vincent J. Naimoli
Chairman Emeritus
Tampa Bay Rays

David A. Straz Jr.

Honorary Consul

Consulate of Republic of Liberia
Consulate of Republic of Honduras
John H. Sykes  
Chairman Emeritus (Retired)
SYKES Enterprises, Incorporated
JHS Management LLC

Rick Thomas '72
President and CEO
Thomas Financial Group


G. Robert Blanchard Sr.
Little Everglades Ranch

Stephen F. Dickey, M.D.

Dickey Holdings Inc.

The Honorable Dick A. Greco '56
Former Mayor/City of Tampa

The Honorable Bob Martinez '57
Former Governor of the State of Florida
Senior Policy Advisor

Holland & Knight

R. James Robbins Sr.

Founder (Retired)
Robbins, Bell & Kreher Architects, Inc.

Ernest C. Segundo Sr. '56
President (Retired)
Vista Chemical Latin America, S.A.