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Board of Fellows

The Board of Fellows, established in 1972, sees its mission to serve as "goodwill ambassadors" within the community, as well as to provide financial and other support to the University.

Made up of over 150 business leaders and professionals, the Fellows increase the University's visibility through special events and outreach, and raise funds for scholarships. Through their activities, members of the Board of Fellows also find rewarding opportunities to network with peers who share their belief in the value of higher education.

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The Fellows Forum is held annually by the Board of Fellows.
The Board of Fellows leadership for 2017-2018 is as follows: 
  • Jimmy Clark, Chair (2017-2018)
  • Brian Smith, Past Chair (2016-2017), Round Table Chair
  • Su Lee, Member Engagement Co-chair
  • Penny Parks, Treasurer
  • Natalie Sidor, Marketing/Communications Co-chair
  • Marshall Stanton, Marketing/Communications Co-chair
  • Steve Murray, Honorary and Immediate Past Fellows Forum Chair
  • Ron Sompels, Fellows Forum Sponsorship Chair
  • Kyle Keith, Business Network Symposium Co-chair
  • Brian Hanrahan, Business Network Symposium Co-chair
  • Casey Ellison, Membership Co-chair
  • Erica Shea, Membership Chair
  • Steve Segundo, Development Chair
  • Eric Sidor, TopShot Co-chair
  • Hunter Swearingen, TopShot Co-chair
  • Jason Dickey, College of Business (COB) Liaison
  • Teresa Stinson, College of Business (COB) Centers Liaison
  • Debbie Lundberg, Member Engagement Co-chair
  • Randy Feldman, College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) Liaison
  • Patty Martini Clark, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (CSSME) Liaison
  • Bob Muir, Career Services Liaison 
  • John Jackson, Veterans' Liaison

The Board of Fellows asks members to:

  • Serve on a Fellows or Trustee committee
  • Support and attend scheduled Fellows events
  • Support UT as goodwill ambassador
  • Nominate potential members
  • Financially support the Board of Fellows and the University by fulfilling annual financial requirements of one of the following:
    • Standard Level: $1,250 ($250 membership dues plus $1,000 Annual Fund contribution) 
    • Named Scholarship Level: $1,750 ($250 membership dues plus $1,500 named Scholarship contribution)
    • Minaret Society Dinner Invite Level: $2,750 ($250 membership dues plus $2,500 Annual Fund contribution)

See The Board of Fellows Membership Overview (PDF) for giving level details.

For more information, please contact the Board of Fellows at, (813) 253-6200 or (813) 257-3582.

Opportunities with the Board of Fellows include:

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Business Network Symposium in UT’s Vaughn Center

The Board of Fellows hosts three Business Network Symposia each year. Each event traditionally features three Tampa Bay CEOs discussing issues of local economic importance. A complimentary breakfast is provided.

The Fellows Forum is the Board of Fellows' flagship event and features nationally recognized business leaders discussing and debating a topic of relevance. Proceeds from the Forum fund the Board of Fellows Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to a business major.

The Minaret Society Dinner in November is a formal dinner celebration in honor of University donors for their gifts of at least $2,500 to the Annual Fund within a fiscal year.

Throughout the year, Fellows are also invited to networking socials on campus and in the surrounding area, such as the Kickoff Social, Member Socials and annual Holiday Party, to interact with other board members and the University community.

Join the Board of Fellows

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Complete the online application to be considered for Board of Fellows membership. After you submit your application, please send a letter of recommendation via email or fax to or (813) 258-7798. Your letter of recommendation must be written by someone other than your application referral. Once the membership committee has received these materials, a brief meeting or conversation with the candidate will be held by someone on the membership committee or a staff member. Lastly, the membership committee will make an overall recommendation to the steering committee.

Board of Fellows Application

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