Brian Lamb, former chairman of the board of the University of South Florida, was elected to head the board that oversees the state’s 12 public universities.
Lamb will serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors, with his term starting January 1 and extending through 2023. Governor Ron DeSantis appointed him to the Board in 2019, after he had partially completed his term as Chairman of the Board. administration of the USF. He resigned to sit on the state panel.
A USF graduate, Lamb is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at JP Morgan Chase & Co. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Banking and Brokerage at Fifth Third Bank, Regional President of Fifth Third Bank (North Florida) and Chief Financial Officer of the Tampa Bay Market. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Greater Southwestern Ohio Urban League.
“I am here to serve you,” Lamb said at Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting, where he was selected. “I’m here to serve our state, our students, our faculty, our staff… I think it’s an opportunity to build on the momentum that we have.”
Lamb succeeds Syd Kitson, whose term ends on December 31. Eric Silagy, CEO of Florida Power & Light, has been elected vice chairman of the board.
The board of directors is made up of 17 members, 14 of whom are appointed by the governor.
(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated. A previous version contained incorrect information about Brian Lamb’s current workplace.)