USFSM names new Vice Chancellor

March 28, 2014 

USFSM names new vice chancellor

MANATEE -- Terry A. Osborn, dean and professor of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2010, has been tapped to fill the position of regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Osborn, who holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut, has been a tenured professor at both USFSM and Fordham University. His master's degree is in German and his B.A. is in German and Psychology.

Osborn has seven years' experience in senior higher education academic leadership. He was recently named executive director of the Florida Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Osborn developed the Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching within the USFSM College of Education, is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies and was a founder of the International Society for Language Studies. He has published 13 books, edits six academic book series and was the co-editor of the journal "Critical Inquiry in Language Studies."

Osborn is a native of Rome, Ga., with family roots in tiny hamlet of Evinston in north central Florida, southeast of Gainesville. His wife, Dina Ciotola Osborn, is a native of Naples, Italy. They live in Lakewood Ranch with their two children.

Osborn replaces Bonnie Jones who has served as regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs since June 2009. Jones, who helped the college successfully work through regional and nation accreditation, will focus on research.

Manatee Village Historical Park adding new playground

BRADENTON -- Manatee Village Historical Park is adding new train-themed playground equipment thanks to donated funds from the City of Bradenton, Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Foundation, Inc. and Mosaic.

The equipment is fitting for the park, known as the home of "Old Cabbagehead," the 1913 Baldwin steam locomotive that welcomes visitors. The colorful new play equipment will provide an alternative play area for children who are drawn to the train, reducing wear and tear on the landmark, according to the Manatee County Historical Commission.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the playground will be announced in the coming months.

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-- Herald staff report

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