November 29, 2011

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Opens Ombuds Office

The newest campus in the USF system has established an Office of the Student Ombudsman. Judith Sedgeman serves as the first Ombuds for a student body of 4,500. According to its website, the USF Sarasota-Manatee Ombuds "is accountable to the Regional Chancellor and serves as an alternate resource for students complementing existing channels of information and support."

Sedgeman has served as Director of the university's Institute for Public Policy and Leadership since 2010. Previously, she was on the faculty of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, where she developed and taught courses for the Master’s Program in Public Health. She graduated from Wellesley College, earned an MA degree from Trinity College, and received a doctoral degree from West Virginia University. (USF Sarasota-Manatee Ombuds; Staff Bio.)

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