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Mike Griffin, former chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, will serve on the USF Board of Trustees.

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Tampa businessman Mike Griffin appointed to USF Board of Trustees

Griffin’s appointment is effective immediately and runs through 2020.

The Florida Board of Governors appointed Tampa businessman Mike Griffin to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees on Thursday.

Griffin will fill the vacancy created when Brian Lamb left the board earlier this year to join the Florida Board of Governors that oversees the state university system.

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Lamb, a Fifth Third Bank executive, to that board.

Griffin’s appointment is effective immediately and runs through Jan. 6, 2020.

The Florida Board of Governors had previously appointed Griffin, a Tampa real estate executive, chair of USF’s Consolidation Planning Study and Implementation Task Force. That committee oversaw details concerning USF’s consolidation of its three regional campuses into a singular accreditation.

Griffin replaced Dr. Jonathan Ellen who resigned after controversy surrounding his leadership of All Children’s Hospital.

He resigned his position on the Port Tampa Bay Board of Directors last year to focus more of his volunteer efforts on USF.

Griffin is Senior Managing Director for Savills Studley Occupier Services, a full service real estate solutions business in Tampa.

He also previously served as Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and worked with Tampa business leaders on the Tampa Bay Rays stadium site selection process.  

The USF Board of Trustees is responsible for making cost-effective policy decisions that fit within the school’s mission and maintain high-quality education programs. The board also has hiring and firing authority over the USF system president.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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