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Duke Energy Florida executive Melissa Seixas appointed to USF St. Pete Board of Trustees

Seixas also served on the consolidation task force.

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees is adding a Duke Energy Florida executive to the St. Petersburg campus board, the group announced Wednesday.

Melissa Seixas is the vice president of government and community relations for Duke Energy Florida. She is also a USF alumni, earning her master’s degree in history from the school. Seixas also served as co-chair for USF’s 50th anniversary celebration during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“We are delighted to welcome Melissa Seixas to our board,” said Stephanie Goforth, chair of the USF St. Petersburg Campus Board and a USF trustee. “Her deep ties to USF St. Petersburg as well as her demonstrated commitment to the Tampa Bay community make her a very valuable addition to our team.”

Seixas also served as a member of the USF Consolidation Planning Study and Implementation Task Force that provided recommendations to the Board of Trustees on best practices for consolidating the school’s three separate accreditations into one singular accreditation.

“The University of South Florida is committed to further strengthening our strong relationships with the communities we serve,” USF President Steve Currall said. “Melissa Seixas is an impressive advocate for the continued prosperity of our region, and I know that she will make a valuable impact on our university and the city of St. Petersburg.”


Members are appointed to the USF St. Petersburg Board of Trustees by the broader systemwide board after being recommended by the USF system president. Seixas will serve a four-year term.

“I am thrilled to join the USF St. Petersburg Campus Board,” Seixas said. “As a proud graduate, I’m deeply honored to play a role in the continued development of a campus I love.”

Seixas works with Duke Energy to strengthen relationships with the local community and local government. She also oversees strategic planning for customer satisfaction and directs support for employee engagement.

Seixas has also sat on boards for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Pasco County Economic Development Council and the Pinellas County Urban League. She is also the current board chair of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

In addition to her master’s degree from USF St. Petersburg, Seixas also has a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College and a professional certification in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins University.

Seixas’ term ends June 30, 2023. She will be eligible for a four-year reappointment.

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 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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