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USF Provost Among Most Influential Businesswomen


Jennifer Turpin, University of San Francisco provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for a second straight year by the San Francisco Business Times.

The 2012 list includes 150 women who have made outstanding leadership contributions to their businesses and communities — among them Safra Catz, president and chief financial officer for Oracle Corp., and Susan Koret, chairman of the board of directors for the Koret Foundation. The honor recognizes female leaders working for nonprofits, private corporations, and in the public sector. Turpin first made the list in 2011, along with USF Assistant Professor of information systems Moira Gunn, host of the National Public Radio segment “Tech Nation.”

“It's a bit unnatural to think about education — a nonprofit enterprise focused on the common good — as a business in the traditional sense,” Turpin said of the recognition. “Yet, it's essential to apply business skills and expertise to this enterprise. In order to realize our values, we also have to focus on such business concerns as demand, product, brand recognition, and, yes, revenues, and expenses.”

As the academic leader of San Francisco's first university, Turpin’s biggest influence on business might well be in overseeing USF students’ education as the next generation of innovators in disciplines such as health care, biotechnology, the arts, and entrepreneurship.

Turpin took the reins as USF provost and vice president for academic affairs in June 2010, after serving seven years as dean of USF’s College of Arts and Sciences.

by Ed Carpenter | Office of Communications and Marketing »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews