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.
The Board of Fellows leadership for 2020-2021 is as follows:
- Penny Parks, Chair
- Erica Shea, Immediate Past Chair
- Drew Marshall, Vice Chair
- Liza Mizel, Treasurer
- Stephen Segundo, Development Chair
- Casey Ellison, Membership Recruitment Co-Chair
- CJ Steadman, Membership Recruitment Co-Chair
- Alicia Koepke, Membership Engagement Co-Chair
- Caroline Vostrejs, Membership Engagement Co-Chair
- Stuart Levine, Career Services and Student Engagement Chair
- Su Lee, Socials Co-Chair
- Brian Hanrahan, Socials Co-Chair
- Danny Cooper, Communications Co-Chair
- Lauren Menendez, Communications Co-Chair
- Jami Gold, Business Network Symposium Co-Chair
- Jimmy Clark, Business Network Symposium Co-Chair
- Misha Hart, Fellows Forum Co-Chair
- Irene Ferguson, Fellows Forum Co-Chair
- Eric Sidor, Top Shot Co-Chair
- J. Hunter Swearingen, Top Shot Co-Chair
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:
- Fellows Member: $2,000 ($500 membership dues plus $1,500 Annual Fund contribution)
- Minaret Society Fellow: $3,000 ($500 membership dues plus $2,500 contribution; Also includes an invitation to the Minaret Dinner)
Opportunities with the Board of Fellows include:
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 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.