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Brian Lamb selected chair of USF Board of Trustees

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Brian Lamb, whose name may be familiar to University of South Florida basketball fans, was elected chair of USF’s Board of Trustees earlier this month.

“It’s a privilege to assume this leadership role during a transformational time in USF history,” Lamb said in a statement. “I will remain focused on the university’s primary goal of student success and preparing them for the competitive global workplace.”

Lamb currently is regional president for Fifth Third Bank in the Tampa Bay region.

He played four seasons for the Bulls basketball team under coaches Bobby Paschal and Seth Greenberg and finished his career fifth on USF’s career steals list with 158.

The 1994-95 team, for which Lamb played as a freshman, posted an 18-12 record and won a pair of games in the NIT. Lamb went on to average 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore, 10 PPG and four RPG as a junior, and 7.7 PPG and 3.3 RPG in a senior season that saw the Bulls go 17-13.

Joining the bank in December 2006 as the chief financial officer for Tampa Bay, Lamb later served as the head of business banking and private banking for the Tampa Bay market.

He is actively involved in several community organizations including the Tampa Bay Partnership, Florida Council of 100 and Enterprise Florida and recently was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from USF and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate Banking School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 As USF Board of Trustees chair, Lamb will preside over board meetings, appoint members to the board’s work groups and committees, and is responsible for calling any special meetings of the board. He will serve a two-year term.

The USF Board of Trustees includes 13 members.  Six trustees are appointed by Florida’s governor, and five trustees are designated by the Board of Governors. The USF system faculty council president and USF system student advisory council president also serve as trustees.

With a 38-year career in journalism behind him, Keith Morelli now writes about medical marijuana and the politics of pot in Florida. He began his career as a news editor with a weekly paper in Zephyrhills and his last gig was with The Tampa Tribune, which folded unceremoniously in May. While there, Morelli was general assignment reporter for the Metro section, writing a wide variety of pieces ranging from obituaries, to crime, to red tide, panthers and city government. In between those jobs, he spent nine years as a bureau chief for the Ocala Star-Banner.

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