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Darren Gambrell, Denise Davis-Cotton, David Croxford and Carlos Moreira

Darren Gambrell, Denise Davis-Cotton, David Croxford and Carlos Moreira pose with their awards

USF recognizes outstanding staff and SoL award winners

The University of South Florida celebrated winners of the Outstanding Staff Awards and the Status-of-Latinos (SoL) Awards in ceremonies on Oct. 5 and 6. 

Outstanding Staff Awards 

On the Sarasota-Manatee campus, David Croxford, office manager for Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook, was recognized with an individual award for his dedication and commitment to the campus and his can-do attitude. 

“David is an integral part of our campus community,” Holbrook said. “His extensive knowledge and willingness to pitch in wherever and whenever needed has not gone unnoticed by his peers.” 

Denise Davis-Cotton, director of the Florida Center for PAInT, and Darren Gambrell, associate director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, received a team award for their contributions to the Black Employee Steering Committee

Carlos Moreira, director of campus engagement for veteran success and alumni affairs, received a team award alongside his colleagues in the Office of Veteran Success

The Outstanding Staff Awards recognize employees who go above and beyond, demonstrate performance excellence and support the values set forth by the university strategic plan. To learn more about the eligibility and nomination process, visit

SoL Awards 

Four staff members received the SoL Staff Award, including Gambrell and Moreira from the Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Clara Villanueva, director of development in the Office of Advancement at USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Latino Scholarship Program of the Latino Scholarship Program, was recognized for her service to the presidential ALAS Taskforce

The SoL Presidential Advisory Committee advises the USF President on matters affecting Latino students, faculty and staff and regarding the university’s relationship with the Latino community. The annual awards ceremony recognizes students, faculty, staff and community leaders who contribute to the Latinx community through academic research or community service. 

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