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UT President Ronald L. Vaughn
UT President Ronald L. Vaughn

Ronald L. Vaughn has served as president of The University of Tampa since January 1995. Under his leadership, the University has grown and expanded unlike any period in its previous history. During his tenure, University enrollments have nearly tripled, new enrollment records have been set in each of the last 22 years and academic programs have been expanded to more than 200 areas of study, including 16 master's, one doctorate, two certificates, 11 concentrations and three 4+1 programs in the fields of business, criminology, cybersecurity, education, exercise science, nursing, writing and physician assistant medicine. 

Since 1995, the University’s annual revenue has increased from $28 million to $300 million for the 2018-2019 academic year. The record growth has fueled dynamic improvements in both the academic and student life areas. There are 1,600 full-time, part-time and vendor-contracted employees and 1,700 students employed on campus. Since 1998, more than $600 million of construction has been completed or is underway. President Vaughn also helped UT successfully complete its first two comprehensive capital campaigns by raising $84 million in the campaign ending in 2005 and raising more than $160 million in the "Creating Tomorrow" campaign ending in 2018.

President Vaughn came to The University of Tampa in August 1984 as the coordinator of the marketing department and holder of the Max H. Hollingsworth Endowed Chair of American Enterprise. He also served as director of the MBA program, dean of the College of Business and Graduate Studies and co-chief academic officer.

President Vaughn has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA from Indiana State University, and a doctorate in marketing from the University of Georgia. He also owned his own multi-office marketing research/consulting company where he worked on several hundred projects for a broad clientele. During his academic career at Bradley University, he served as a faculty member and chairman of the marketing department.

President Vaughn enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, tennis, basketball and traveling. His daughter, Susan, is a University of Tampa graduate and graduated with her veterinary medicine doctorate from the University of Florida. His wife, Renée, is the president of the Williams Consulting Group, a public relations and marketing firm in Tampa. She is active in the Tampa Bay community as past chair of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2014, past chair of Leadership Tampa Alumni and past-president of both the Red Cross Angels and the HB Plant Museum. In 2015, she received the prestigious Parke Wright III Leadership Award from Leadership Tampa Alumni and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. She is the 2016 Chair of the Circle of Red for the American Heart Association. The Vaughns serve on numerous community boards and committees.

Contact Information

The Office of the President is located in Plant Hall, Room 100. To contact the president's office, email or call (813) 253-6201. Please send mail to:

Office of the President
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box A
Tampa, FL 33606-1490