Episode Description

USF St. Peterburg Regional Chancellor, Christian Hardigree joins us to chat about her remarkable and expansive career journey, detailing the path that led her to her current pivotal role where she gets to make an impact on young people’s future. The trial attorney turned educator explores what sets USF St. Pete apart, from its innovative programs to its vibrant campus culture. Plus, get an insiders look at the exciting future poised to elevate the college to new heights. Whether you’re a student, alumni, or simply interested in higher education, this episode offers valuable insights and a glimpse into the bright future of USF St. Pete.

Meet The Guest

Christian Hardigree

Regional Chancellor at USF St. Petersburg

Regional Chancellor at USF St. Petersburg

Christian was named regional chancellor of The University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg campus in May 2022. She previously served as the founding dean of the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver where she led the transition to a free-standing school where she developed/implemented departmental structures, school strategic plan and initiatives, secured more than $3,775,000 in external funds to support the school and led faculty through curriculum redesign of 6 degrees and majors, 8 minors and 9 certificates.

Prior to her role at MSU, Hardigree served as the founding director and professor of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She oversaw more than 260 majors with a total enrollment of more than
1,500 students. She also worked for Parnell & Associates as a senior litigation attorney and partner focusing on employment discrimination, arbitration, mediation and labor-management relations. In 2012, she was selected as a faculty institute senior teaching fellow at University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she also received the Sam and Mary Boyd Distinguished Professor for Service Award in 2011 and the Boyd Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2010.

A researcher and frequent conference presenter, Hardigree received her juris doctorate from
Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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