University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, offers graduate and undergraduate programs to students in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg.
Solely a commuter campus from its opening in 1965 through 2005, USFSP has developed greatly in its size and scope. Then-USF President John Allen and College of Education faculty member Lester Tuttle established the second campus with the goal of reaching out to commuter students. Thus, the Bayboro campus was born and was officially recognized as a branch campus in 1969. It later became a separately accredited campus in 2002, where its growth developed even further into the campus it is today. Now, students come from around the country to be a part of the USFSP institution. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, continually expanding its resources and facilities.
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
"Innovation, collaboration and community engagement are not just buzz words at USF St. Petersburg. They are among the core principles and the outgrowth of a creative environment on display in every corner of the community. "Our students and professors are not cloistered in an ivory tower but engaged in the broader community — future journalists writing about real people in Midtown St. Petersburg, psychology majors working with African-American families on co-parenting strategies, education faculty training middle school teachers better ways for kids to learn math, accounting students helping low-income and elderly residents with their income taxes. The community also comes to campus: business and political leaders offering real-word experiences, lectures by visiting scholars, thousands of book lovers drawn to best-selling authors at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, and thousands more to the annual St. Petersburg Science Festival. No need to imagine: Exciting things like these are happening around every corner at USF St. Petersburg."
Core values/mission statement
"Mission: Inspire scholars to lead lives of impact. Core values: STUDENT-CENTERED SUCCESS We provide a personalized experience for every student. We will grow by design to sustain academic programs that prepare our graduate and undergraduate students for work and life while retaining our intimate learning environment. RESEARCH AND INNOVATION Our faculty members conduct nationally and internationally significant research and scholarship. Faculty members convert individual and collaborative efforts into new knowledge to improve lives far beyond our campus and community. INCLUSION OF DIFFERENCES We seek divergent voices and tell untold stories. We actively recruit students, faculty, staff and administrators who bring global and domestic diversity to campus, with emphasis on representing our evolving regional demographics. We notice where conceptual differences synthesize, complement — or clash. In classes, in meetings and in public forums, we invite difficult dialogues to enable everyone to better understand different worldviews. We strive to create synergy. COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY USF St. Petersburg connects seamlessly to St. Petersburg and the surrounding region. Our students enroll in the city as well as USFSP, bringing to the city the exuberance that only a residential campus culture can provide. Our community-based partners and mentors multiply opportunities for students and challenge faculty and administrators to recognize new areas for innovation and exploration. Together we shine. CARE FOR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT We celebrate our organic connection to the waterfront and cityscape. Through study and service, we serve as stewards for the plants, animals and systems that sustain us. We take seriously our commitment to become carbon neutral."
Martin Tadlock is the Regional Chancellor at USF St. Petersburg. Prior to this, Martin served as USFSP’s interim chancellor since September 2017, and previously served as regional vice chancellor for academic affairs starting in July 2016. Martin was Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College in northern Minnesota, after serving there as Dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies from 2001 to 2006. He has also served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and as Provost at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where he was Interim President for six months during a presidential search. Dr. Tadlock has secured over $6M in grants and contracts and managed over $60M in capital projects over his career. He was instrumental in securing private support resulting in a state financial award for the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, one of two National Science Foundation Applied Technology Education Centers of Excellence in Minnesota. Martin began his career in education 30 years ago as a middle school teacher, served as a professor of middle level education and director of the Center of Education for the Young Adolescent, a Wisconsin Center of Excellence, at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. He was a professor of middle level education, program coordinator, team chair and assistant dean at Utah State University where he established the first middle level teacher licensure program in the state and the largest graduate seminar in the western U.S., the Rocky Mountain Middle Level Education Seminar, which served over 300 middle school teachers and administrators every year. Martin has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Masters of Education in Secondary Education from Utah State University. His Ph.D. is in Educational Administration and Leadership from Miami University of Ohio.