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UT President Wins CEO Community Action Award

Published: December 12, 2007
University of Tampa President Ronald L. Vaughn was awarded the Tampa Bay CEO of the Year award for community action Tuesday during an awards ceremony at Tampa’s A La Carte Event Pavilion.

The awards, presented annually by Tampa Bay CEO Magazine, seek to honor the achievements of top executives at companies and institutions throughout the Tampa Bay area. Vaughn was nominated in the community action category for his leadership during what has been an unprecedented period of growth and expansion for UT.

Other area leaders were honored in categories such as advertising & marketing, consumer services and real estate.

“I think from our perspective, we’re looking at the body of his work here at the University and how much he has accomplished here during a relatively short time in the University’s history,” said Linda Devine, UT vice president of operations and planning, who helped nominate Vaughn for the award.

Vaughn came to the University in 1984 as the coordinator of the Department of Marketing and the holder of the Max H. Hollingsworth Endowed Chair of American Enterprise. He later served as director of the MBA program, dean of the College of Business and Graduate Studies, and co-chief academic officer before becoming the president of the University in January 1995.

Under his leadership, the University has seen an annual budget expansion from $28.2 million to $125 million and the completion of more than $200 million of campus construction.