USF Interim President Rhea Law honored with Governor’s Business Leader Award

Rhea Law, interim president of the University of South Florida, was honored with the Governor’s Business Leader of the Year Award at the Fall Meeting of the Florida Council of 100.

The Governor’s Business Leader Award honors a Florida business leader who is a model leader for the state and has excelled in business, civic and philanthropic endeavors. Each year, the Governor, and the Florida Council of 100, choose a recipient based on their contributions, and service, towards the stewardship of the state.

“Rhea Law represents the best of Florida,” said Syd Kitson, chairman of the Florida Council of 100, in a statement. “She has brought a servant mindset to every aspect of her life – as a dedicated lawyer, and businesswoman, a committed public servant to our state and now, as Interim President of USF. Congrats Rhea. This honor is well deserved.”

Before she was named interim president of USF in 2021, Law was the former chief executive officer and chair of the board of Fowler White Boggs and led the 2014 merger of Fowler with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

President Law has established ties to USF as an alum, founding member of the Board of Directors of the USF Law Alumni Society and as a member of the USF Research Foundation Board, among several other contributions to the university. In 2018, President Law was named Distinguished Alumna by the USF Alumni Association. That same year, she was also inducted as an honorary member of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, in recognition of her support of research and innovation at USF. Law was granted an Honorary Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2013, from the USF Morsani College of Medicine.

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