The ceremony was led by USIL founding president Raúl Diez Canseco Terry, with the participation of the executive president, Luciana de la Fuente de Diez Canseco; the president of the university, Dr. Ramiro Salas Bravo; USIL CEO Juan Manuel Ostoja; corporate secretary and member of the board of directors Augusto Sotomayor; and the director of the Center for Global Education, Jorge Bentin Meseth, among other academic authorities, representatives of the diplomatic corps, members of the business community, school principals and other guests.
USIL president Dr. Ramiro Salas Bravo began his opening speech with words in recognition of Dr. Judy Genshaft’s long academic career, highlighting her achievements as president of USF. He mentioned her outstanding participation in the economic development of the Tampa Bay area, her professional experience and international honors she has received.
The founding president of USIL, Raúl Diez Canseco Terry, remarked that adding an extraordinary woman and excellent professional to the list of holders of doctor honoris causa degrees from USIL compels us to be better every day.
“It’s an honor to preside over a ceremony that has such deep meaning to USIL. Today, an intelligent, enterprising, socially sensitive woman joins this university as the recipient of a doctor honoris causa degree. At the mention of her name, words come easily from the heart,” said the founding president of USIL.
In her speech, Dr. Judy Genshaft thanked Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola for the honor and said that it would inspire her to work harder for the cause of global education, as she considers it a great service to young people.
“En esta era de la globalización debe ser un compromiso solemne preparar a nuestros estudiantes para ser parte de mundo (…). Como USIL, USF es una universidad joven que está tratando de hacer su camino al mundo. Estoy segura que ustedes comparten mi visión de que no hay lugar más emocionante que una universidad, por eso me he comprometido en formar a mis estudiantes como ciudadanos del mundo,” said the president of USF.
Dr. Judy Genshaft has been the president of the University of South Florida since the year 2000. Under her leadership, USF has positioned itself among the top 50 research universities in the United States. For her contribution and support for academic research, she was honored by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand with the Global Leadership Award in Bangkok, and she was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate in Literature from South Korea’s Yeungnam University.