Campus Board

Overview

ABOUT THE CAMPUS ADVISORY BOARD

The St. Petersburg Campus Advisory Board consists of seven community leaders who serve four-year terms. Additionally, the chair of the faculty senate (or the equivalent) and the president of the student body of the campus shall serve as ex officio members of the advisory board. Per Florida Statute 1004.343, the board has the powers and duties which include authority to approve and submit an annual operating plan, budget, and legislative budget request to the USF Board of Trustees. The Campus Advisory Board will exercise other such powers as are lawfully delegated by the University Board of Trustees to provide for the efficient operation and improvement of the campus. Board members also serve as campus advocates to the community.

BOARD DETAILS

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the agency by contacting Brenda Lyons at 727-873-4387. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency via Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770.


PUBLIC NOTICE

Upcoming Meetings

October 14, 2021
Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:00am
Teams Meeting
1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 993 312 438#
Agenda & Materials

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:00am

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:00am

Thursday, August 4, 2022
Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:00am

Thursday, October 27, 2022
Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:00am

Past Meetings

August 5, 2021

Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:00am
Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 469 242 937#
Agenda & Materials

July 20, 2021

Campus Advisory Board Budget Workshop
10am - 12pm
Place: Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 510 866 667#
Agenda

June 8, 2021

Campus Advisory Board Programs Update Workshop
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 922 759 389#
Agenda & Materials

April 22, 2021

Campus Advisory Board
9:00am - 11:30am
Place: Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 683 065 884#
Agenda

April 7, 2021

New Campus Board Member Orientation
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Place: Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 131 331 565#
Agenda

March 25, 2021

Campus Advisory Board Budget Workshop
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
Phone Conference ID: 222 056 157#
Agenda

January 14, 2021

Campus Advisory Board
Time: 9:00 - 11:30am
Place: Microsoft Teams
+1 813-694-2079
#37651546
Agenda

BOARD ARCHIVE


Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes

USF ST. PETERSBURG CAMPUS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

The members of our Campus Board are appointed by the USF Board of Trustees.

Melissa Seixas, Chair

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Melissa Seixas is Duke Energy’s state president in Florida, serving approximately 1.8 million
electric retail customers in central Florida, including metropolitan St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the Greater Orlando area. She is responsible for the financial performance of Duke Energy’s regulated utility in Florida and for managing state and local regulatory and government relations and community affairs. She also has responsibility for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives related to its electric operations.

Prior to assuming her current position in February 2021, Seixas served as vice president of government and community relations in Florida. She directed efforts to strengthen relationships with local municipal, community and civic organizations, as well as business leaders throughout the company’s 35-county service area. Her team worked closely with leaders to help communities achieve their energy, growth and sustainability goals.

In 1986, Seixas joined Florida Power (later to become Progress Energy and then Duke Energy) in distribution engineering. Over her 34-year career with the company, she has served in numerous roles with increasing leadership responsibilities.

Seixas holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in American history from the University of South Florida. Her executive training includes a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) certification from Johns Hopkins University, and programs with the Edison Electric Institute and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Seixas has a strong tradition of supporting her community. She has served on numerous boards for nonprofit and business organizations including the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Pinellas County Urban League, the St. Petersburg and Clearwater Chambers of Commerce, Pasco Economic Development Council and as immediate past chair of the board of directors for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. She also has a long history of service to the University of South Florida and was honored as the 2019 recipient of the USFSP Regional Chancellor Award for Civic Leadership. She currently serves as a member of the USF St. Petersburg Campus Advisory Board and the board of trustees for the University of South Florida.

She and her husband, Greg, have four children and four grandchildren.

Term expires 2026.

Lisa Brody

Lisa Brody

Lisa L. Brody, Esquire, is the Assistant Deputy Director and Managing Attorney for the St. Petersburg Office of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., the largest nonprofit public interest law firm in the Tampa Bay Area. Ms. Brody joined Bay Area in 2002 and in her role, supervises the delivery of high quality legal services to income eligible clients in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Bay Area Legal Services, is consistently recognized as one the Tampa Bay Area “Top Workplaces”.

Since 2013, Ms. Brody has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Paralegal Studies Program at St. Petersburg College. Ms. Brody is a licensed Florida Attorney (1995) and a member of the Florida Bar, St. Petersburg Bar and Fred G. Minnis Bar Associations. She has held numerous Bar positions and presently serves as the Chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association Diversity Committee. Ms. Brody received her B.A. Degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon and her J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1995. She has also earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Tampa. She is a Life Member of the University of Oregon Alumni Association and a Charter Board Member and Board Secretary of the University of Oregon Black Alumni Network.

As a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, she has a long history of Board Service and community involvement. Her current Board involvement includes the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Pinellas Opportunity Council and the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas Inc. Ms. Brody’s past Board involvement includes the Bayfront Hospital Board of Trustees, Vice Chair (2017,2018), Pinellas County Community Foundation, Chair (2008, 2010) , Clothes To Kids and many roles as a parent in Pinellas County Schools.

She is married to Carl E. Brody, Jr, Esq., and the proud mother of daughter Mara and a son, Clayton.

Term expires 2025

Susan Churuti

Susan Churuti

Susan Hamilton Churuti is partner of the Hamilton Partnership, which owns and manages the retail space at Parkshore Plaza and 400 Beach Drive, two urban, mixed-use high-rise developments on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. Previously, she was the co-chair of the State and Local Government Practice Group of Bryant, Miller, and Olive, PA and has worked extensively with the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office serving as the County Attorney for over twenty years.

She has broad experience representing the county and its constitutional officers. Her expertise includes U.S. and state constitutional law, legislation, charters, eminent domain, elections, risk management, public construction, public finance, utilities and procurement, as well as litigation and appellate practice. She is proficient in board representation, serving as general counsel for more than 50 boards, commissions and special districts. She served for a long tenure as the attorney for the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation drafting local bills and special acts.

She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Robert Churuti.

Term expires 2022.

Scott Goyer, Vice Chair

Scott Goyer
Scott Goyer has spent his career serving the YMCA. Since 2000, he has served as President/ CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast, a eight operating unit, $31 million Association serving over 100,000 men, women and children per year in Central and North Pinellas, West Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties. Prior to that, he served in various roles with the YMCAs in Cincinnati, San Francisco, Nashville and St. Paul.
Mr. Goyer is a graduate of Springfield College and has participated in Leadership Pinellas, serves as Board Chair of Amplify Clearwater, serves on the YPN/EAF Board, the Steering Committee for Y-USA After-School Programs, is the current Treasurer and former Chair of the Florida State YMCA Alliance, and a member of the Clearwater Rotary. He and his wife live in Clearwater and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Term expires 2023.

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton is an Executive Coach and Adjunct Faculty member with the Center for Creative Leadership affiliate at Eckerd College. Previously, Lawrence served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, a corporate officer and member of the Executive Committee at Tech Data Corporation.

He serves on the USF Board of Trustees ACE Committee, NASBA Center for Public Trust board of Directors and previously served as Chair, Compensation Committee and a member of the Board of Directors for HomeBanc Mortgage, Inc. and Wright Medical, Inc.; President of the INROADS/Tampa Bay, Inc. Policy Board of Directors; and is a co-founder of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.

He lives in St. Petersburg and is the proud father of a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Lawrence William.

Term expires 2020.

Reuben Pressman

Scott Goyer

Reuben is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Presence, a software platform which he founded to help higher educational institutions collect and understand data, and take action to increase co-curricular student engagement, success, and workforce readiness. Reuben has since grown Presence more than 250 Universities with over 1.5M students, small and large, including University of Minnesota, Washington State, Cal State, UNC, Texas A&M, SUNY, CUNY, and LSU with a team of 40.

Reuben works deeply with economic development serving as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the City of Saint Petersburg by advocating for entrepreneurs, promoting the city around the US for company, workforce, and investor recruitment, and helping to improve government efficiencies. He was born and raised in Tampa Bay, and moved to Saint Petersburg to attend USFSP’s Entrepreneurship program in 2008.

He’s been programming since age 10 and started his first company at age 12. Since then, he’s started, built, failed, joined, sold, and other verbs, many more ventures. He serves on boards of community organizations in the arts, technology, university, and entrepreneurship.

USFSP Affiliations
College of Business Advisory Board
Former Enrollment and Marketing Staff
Former Student Government VP
First Entrepreneurship Grad, '11
USF 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni

Term expires 2025

Debbie Nye Sembler

Debbie Nye Sembler

Debbie Nye Sembler is a former member of the USF Board of Trustees and former chair of the USF St. Petersburg Campus Board. She also served on the USF Presidential Search Committee and the USF Consolidation Task Force. Debbie is an active supporter of educational and civic causes across the Tampa Bay community, including serving on the board of the USF Foundation. She served in the past on the All Children’s Hospital, the Florida Governor’s Mansion Foundation, Shorecrest Preparatory School and Temple Beth-el. In addition to her work with USF, she is a member of the Florida Holocaust Museum Advisory Board and is also involved with Academy Prep. Sembler is a resident of Pinellas County.

A University of Florida graduate with a B.A. in journalism and marketing, Sembler’s professional career included serving as senior account executive on the Hong Kong and Mexico accounts for Hill and Knowlton; and the Director of Public Relations for the Wyndham Hotel Seaworld in Orlando. She was also the first director of marketing for Old Hyde Park Village.

Term expires 2023.