Betty Castor was appointed by President Barack Obama in September 2011. She was elected Vice Chair for 2014.
Betty Castor is the former President of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she served as President from 1994 until 1999.
Previously, Castor was the Florida Commissioner of Education for seven years and the first woman ever elected to the Florida Cabinet. She also served as President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and most recently at the Executive Director of the Patel Center for Global Solutions at USF. She is a former state legislator, having served three terms in the Florida Senate. Castor is a member of the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations and the LeRoy Collins Institute. In 2010, Castor received the Distinguished Woman in International Commerce Award from the World Trade Center of Tampa Bay.
Castor began her educational career as a secondary school teacher in Uganda and continues her support of the Teachers for East Africa Alumni Foundation. Castor received a bachelor’s degree from Rowan University and a master’s degree from the University of Miami.