Library Advancement Board
The USF Libraries Advancement Board members are committed to helping the Library achieve its financial goals, in order to enhance student research and learning.
Dr. Charles S. Mahan, M.D. – Chairman
Dr. Mahan has enjoyed over 40 years in public health, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He served as Director of the Florida Dept. of Health under Governors Martinez and Chiles. In 2002, he retired as Dean of USF’s College of Public Health, where he helped to increase the medical college’s research and development fund by $17 million. He is Professor Emeritus for both the College of Public Health and the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies.
Dr. Mahan has a long history of philanthropy to USF Libraries. He donated his collection of rare medical books, and in 2004, FMHI Library received Dr. Mahan’s papers on public health initiatives in the State of Florida from 1969 to 2001. In 2006, he made plans to entrust the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collection with his lifetime passion of collecting animation art. The Mahan Collection of American Humor and Cartoon Art, his personal collection of 130 years of cartoon art and American humor books, and original and signed cartoon art, enhances the intellectual and research value of USF Libraries. Additionally, he has made plans to create an endowment in support of the Tampa and FMHI Libraries.
Dr. Mahan’s generosity extends beyond the USF Library, as he has recently made a planned gift to endow a Chair in the College of Public Health.
Currently, he holds appointments on the national board of the Frontier Nursing Service; the state boards of the Ounce of Prevention and the Chiles Foundation; and the local board of the Reach Up Foundation.
The Honorable Betty Castor
Betty Castor, the former President of the University of South Florida, served recently as the Executive Director of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, a position she held for several years. The Center was launched by USF with a bold vision to identify challenges in developing countries and create sustainable solutions to address those challenges, particularly around potable water and environmental areas.
Castor has held other prominent leadership positions in education. She was the President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Before joining the National Board, she served for six years as President of the University of South Florida and as Florida Commissioner of Education from 1986 to 1993. She was the first woman ever elected to the Florida Cabinet. She served three terms as a state senator from 1976-1986 and was the first woman elected to the Hillsborough County Commission in 1972. She also taught public school in Dade County, Florida.
Over the past several years, Castor– who embarked upon her education career as a secondary school teacher in Uganda– has worked with former colleagues in the Teachers for East Africa program to launch a new foundation to assist schools and universities in East Africa.
Castor has received numerous awards for leadership in education, including the 2008 Florida Education Association (FEA) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1996 she was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a board member of the Tampa Bay History Center, the Hillsborough County Education Foundation, the Collins Center for Public Policy and is a member of the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations. Castor is a graduate of Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Ms. Cynthia Bailey
Cynthia Bailey is a native Floridian, born in Tampa and raised in Plant City. She received her higher education from West Los Angeles College where she majored in Business Administration and Business Management, with a minor in Theatre Arts.
She is the President of CX Systems Int’l, Inc (CXSI). The company deals with wholesale art goods. In addition to her work with CXSI, Cynthia is also the CEO of the African-Art Gallery & Museum. She opened the museum in August 1998, located at 1711 W. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.
Cynthia is also a board member of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, a member of the Advisory Council for the Tampa Bay History Center, and Co-Chairman of the Southern Cultural Festival.
Mrs. Ruth Coleman
Ruth Coleman has not only watched the University of South Florida grow up, she’s been integrally involved in the process. Ruth and her husband Frank moved to Tampa in 1964, when Frank, a medical pathologist, became a partner in an existing practice. While on staff at USF, Frank played an instrumental role in the creation of the University’s medical school. Ruth finished her undergraduate degree at USF through the Bachelor of Independent Studies program.
Several years ago Ruth took a class in writing her life story with USF professor Carolyn Ellis. She has now finished four books about the Coleman family, and is working on number five. When Frank died several years ago, a large trust was established from the Colemans’ estate to support the USF medical school. In 1997, Ruth established another trust to support the USF Library. A total of $500 is awarded annually to USF students who write the winning stories in The Ruth and Frank Coleman Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.
Mr. Paul R. Pizzo
Paul R. Pizzo was born on February 16, 1944, in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Jesuit High school and attended Emory University, where he also obtained his law degree. He is a shareholder with the firm of Fowler White Boggs specializing in business litigation.
Judge E.J. Salcines
E.J. Salcines is a Senior Judge of Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal. He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1998. He had served for 22 years as a career federal and state prosecutor. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1963 following his graduation from South Texas College of Law. Upon passing the Texas and Florida Bar examinations, he was appointed as an Assistant State Attorney in Tampa and in 1964 he was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U. S. Department of Justice for the Middle District of Florida where he served until 1968. He was elected the State (Prosecuting) Attorney for Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 1968, where he served for 16 years before entering private practice.
He has been president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and vice-president of the National District Attorneys Association, which awarded him their 1974 Special Merit Award as one of the outstanding prosecuting attorneys of this nation. For 35 years, he has been a visiting lecturer for Northwestern University School of Law’s Short Courses for Prosecuting Attorneys and is the author of Trial Techniques: Predicate Questions, a manual distributed annually as part of his lectures at Northwestern which has become the all time bestseller of the National District Attorneys Association. He has received 5 Awards of Merit from the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association. The Trial Lawyers Association of Tampa Bay honored him with their 2008 Champion of Justice Award.
He was the founding chairman of the University of South Florida’s (USF) Latin Community Advisory Committee where he continues to serve. The E.J. Salcines Scholarship is awarded annually at USF in his honor. In 1996 he received the Distinguished Service Award for his years as a Trustee of the USF Foundation and received the USF President’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 1993. He is serving on the USF Library Advancement Board since 1997. USF Latin American Studies awarded him their 2007 Award for his lifelong contributions to Spanish letters, literature and culture. Delta Sigma Pi, the National Spanish Language Honor Society, awarded him the Don Quixote Award, their highest award, in ceremonies at the University of Tampa. He serves as a Trustee of the Tampa Bay History Center; and is a former vice president of the Tampa Historical Society. He is currently on the Board of Trustees at Florida Southern College, and on the Advisory Board of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Tampa. In 1993, the City of Tampa named him Tampa’s Hispanic Man of the Year.
Judge Salcines graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law which awarded him its 1973 Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding professional accomplishments, civic leadership, and loyal support. He was the first out-of-state recipient of that award. He served on its Board of Trustees for many years and the E.J. Salcines Student Lounge and E.J. Salcines Scholarship are dedicated in his honor. He has 2 honorary Doctor of Laws degrees, one conferred by Stetson University College of Law in 2008 and the other doctorate conferred by Florida Southern College in 2002.
He received the 2008 Good Government Award from the Board of Hillsborough County Commission who annually awards the E.J. Salcines Lifetime Leadership Award. In 2008, Rotary International presented him with their Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding community service.
In 1979, Judge Salcines was knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain into the Royal Order of Queen Isabella and in 2008 and 2009 was decorated by the Government of Spain with 2 additional medals recognizing the highest levels of chivalry and public service. For 16 years, he served as the Honorary Vice-Consul of Spain for the central west coast of Florida.
Dr. Walter L. Smith, PhD
Dr. Walter L. Smith is a former president of Florida A&M University. Dr. Smith has written a book called, The Magnificent Twelve: Florida’s Black Junior Colleges, about the twelve black junior colleges of the 1950’s and 60’s that dissipated after Florida school officials claimed that is was too costly to run junior colleges just for blacks.
Dr. Smith was born in Tampa, and has degrees from several Florida Universities: A.A. Gibbs Junior College; B.A Biology & Chemistry, A&M University; M.Ed. Administrative & Supervising, A & M University; Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Florida State University
Dr. Smith’s career has given him the chance to work a variety of jobs and go to various places in the United States and abroad. He headed the department of science at Marshall High School in Plant City. Later, he worked for IBM at Kennedy Space Center, as well as an IMB subsidiary in Chicago. He came back to Tampa as provost for Hillsborough Community College, along with being chief negotiator for the board of trustees. Dr. Smith earned his doctorate degree in 1974 from Florida State University. He was President of Roxbury Community College in Boston, MA from 1974-1977. He was then recruited as President of Florida A&M University in 1977 and held this position until 1985.
Dr. Smith then spent a full three years and a summer as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Africa. He was hired by the U.S. Government to do a feasibility study on creating American-style community colleges in South Africa. He is founding president of a community college in Soweto, South Africa. He also served as a monitor for South Africa’s first multiracial election in May 1994. He then worked as a graduate admissions director for the University of Florida. He retired in 2002 and came back to Tampa.
In 2008, Dr. Smith was the recipient of the Florida Education Association’s “Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award” for his work in developing desegregation plans for the U.S. Department of Education in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Dr. W. Reece Smith, Jr., PhD
Dr. W. Reece Smith, Jr. is chair emeritus of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A., a law firm with offices in seven Florida cities and Atlanta, Georgia. Residing in Tampa, Dr. Smith was reared in Hillsborough County, Florida and attended its public schools. His undergraduate degree was awarded by the University of South Carolina. Later he received the J.D. degree from the University of Florida and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
He is a former president of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association and currently serves on the Council of the American Law Institute. He also holds an appointment as Distinguished Professorial Lecturer at Stetson University College of Law.
He served as Interim President of the University of South Florida in 1976 and 1977 and has received eleven honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. He is also the recipient of the Gold Medal of the American Bar Association for “exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.“
Emeritus Board Members
- Mrs. Suzette Berkman
- Mr. LeRoy Collins, Jr.
- Mr. John Grant
- Ms. Mary Lou Harkness
- Dr. Leland M. Hawes, Jr., PhD
- Mrs. Nora Musselman
- Mr. Charles Probert
- Mrs. Linda Courier Seegers
- Mr. Leonard Stone
- Mr. James F. Urbanski
- Mrs. Jean Weightman
- Mr. Jerry Williams
- Mr. William K. Zewadski
Board Members In Memoriam
- Mr. Hampton Dunn
- Dr. Carl Riggs, PhD
- Dr. Robert W. Saunders, Sr., PhD