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International Educators Receive President’s Global Leadership Award
May 7, 2012

This year’s Global Leadership Awards recognized the contributions of an esteemed academic and an innovative entrepreneur in global education.

Dr. Gabriella Ganugi, founder of Palazzi Florence Association for International Education and Professor Sir Steve Smith, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University of Exeter, U.K. were awarded the President’s Global Leadership Award by USF President Judy Genshaft during the 2012 Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 4th and 5th.
The President’s Global Leadership Award is the highest recognition the University of South Florida bestows to individuals for their contributions and accomplishments in international affairs.

Dr. Gabriella Ganugi
A local Tuscan girl who grew up to found an academic consortium of higher learning institutions in the historic center of Florence, Italy, Dr. Gabriella Ganugi earned Educator of the Year honors from the Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE) in 2010, on the heels of a special award from the Florence Chamber of Commerce for extraordinary female entrepreneurs.
In addition to her extensive lecturing, writing and publishing schedule (she is the author of sixteen books on Italian cuisine), Ganugi is the creator of Ganzo, Fly, Fedora and FAIR, the cultural association cum restaurant cum gallery run by students and faculty of the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, which she also founded.
Through Dr. Ganugi’s leadership, USF has had a long-standing relationship with Palazzi Florence Association for International Education, sending more than 150 USF students to study at Palazzi during the past two years.

Sir Steve Smith
Professor Sir Steve Smith has served as the vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University of Exeter, U.K. since 2002. Under Sir Smith’s leadership, the University of Exeter has expanded its international academic and research collaborations, particularly the partnership it shares with the University of South Florida receiving one of only 37 seed grants from the British Council UK-US Partnership Fund.
Exeter is also one of USF’s five Global Academic Partners. The GAP program was established to provide USF faculty with the resources needed to facilitate a small number of high impact strategic institutional partnerships to develop common projects.
This summer, 16 students from USF will travel to the United Kingdom for a summer study experience at Exeter. Established in 1855, the university has steadily added several colleges and research facilities to its name. The university was named the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2007-08 and has retained a top ten position in national surveys ever since.