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USF Tabs Rhea Law As Interim President

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University of South Florida
Attorney Rhea Law, who served as chair of the USF Board of Trustees, has been tapped to serve -- pending approval from trustees and the state board of governors -- as the interim USF President.

Rhea Law, a USF graduate and former chair of the USF Board of Trustees, was recommended as interim president Monday by current trustee chair Will Weatherford.

The University of South Florida has reached out to a college veteran to temporarily replace retiring President Steven Currall.

Rhea Law was recommended as interim president Monday by Will Weatherford, chairman of the USF Board of Trustees.

The board will vote on the recommendation on Aug. 2, before it goes to the state Board of Governors on Aug. 31.

Law was one of the founding USF trustees and spent five years as vice chairperson before serving four years as the first — and only — female chair. She also served on the committee for the school's last two presidential searches.

She is the former chief executive officer and chair of the board of the law firm Fowler White Boggs.

Law earned her undergraduate degree in management from USF, putting herself through school while working as the university research project administrator for USF’s Office of Sponsored Research.

Weatherford wrote: "Rhea’s deep ties within our community and her stellar leadership abilities will help us continue our momentum while we find the next great leader for our university."

He added that Law will not apply for the permanent job, but will begin a series of listening sessions at USF's three campuses as the search for a new president begins.

Read Weatherford's message to the community about Rhea Law here.

Currall announced last week he will step down as president on Aug. 2 — saying it was to "preserve" his health following two "challenging and intense" years on the job. He will remain at USF as a faculty member in the Muma College of Business.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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