Ronald L. Vaughn, who led the transformation of The University of Tampa into a model, nationally known institution over his presidential tenure, has announced his retirement. He will retire on May 31, 2024 after almost 30 years of serving as UT’s president. “lt’s been the greatest honor of my life to lead this incredible University. I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many dedicated and engaged people. We’ve made an impact on hundreds of thousands of students over the years,” Vaughn said. “The University of Tampa has a strong educational foundation, that is attracting excellent students from all over the U.S. and world. The University’s reputation has grown, and the physical campus has been transformed. I believe it’s a good time for the next leader to take over at this great University. My wife Renée and I look forward to watching The University of Tampa continue to achieve its mission and help students reach their dreams.”
Vaughn will remain active as president through the next academic year while the UT Board of Trustees, led by Chair Charlotte Baker, hires his successor. A comprehensive, nationwide search will commence immediately with guidance from a search committee. “lt’s hard to think about UT without Ron Vaughn at the helm,” Baker said. “We can’t thank Ron and Renée enough for their tireless work for the University. UT wouldn’t be what it is today without Ron Vaughn, and he has always had the best interest of the students, faculty and staff in mind as he has constantly strived for excellence in the entire educational experience.”
Vaughn, 76, came to UT in August 1984 as coordinator of the marketing department and holder of the Max H. Hollingsworth Endowed Chair of American Enterprise. He subsequently served as director of the MBA program, dean of the College of Business and Graduate Studies, and co-chief academic officer.