West was honored with a lifetime appointment as Chairman Emeritus for extraordinary service to the University of Tampa.


On October 25, 2018,
the University of Tampa announced that Hire Velocity Chairman John West was unanimously accorded a lifetime appointment as Chairman Emeritus for the University of Tampa. John joins a select group of former trustees who distinguished themselves with extraordinary service as Chairman of the Board. He has served the University in an advisory role for over 19 years, demonstrating commitment, leadership, and loyalty to the success of the school.


John brings decades of business leadership and insight to his role, with experience as an entrepreneur, global business executive, and technology investor. He also provides capital and mentorship for high-growth businesses in the Technology and Human Capital sector. In addition to serving as Chairman of Hire Velocity, John is Chairman of Lion Investments and serves actively on several corporate and non-profit boards. He previously served as National Board Chair for the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). John has also served on the boards of Florida Funders, a venture capital and crowdsourcing platform; Vector Solutions, an eLearning company acquired by Providence Equity Partners; Acclaris, a global HRO SaaS company acquired by Towers Watson; and Tribridge, a global technology consulting firm acquired by DXC Technology.

The University of Tampa’s Chairman Emeriti also include Don DeFosset, Gene McNichols, John Sykes, Vince Naimoli, David Straz, and Rick Thomas. These individuals serve as Trustees without term limit based on their exemplary service in their roles.
“I am honored to continue serving the University of Tampa as Chairman Emeritus,” said John. “The University has exhibited a deep commitment to excellence and to preparing the next generation of men and women to step into their future roles with skill, leadership, and integrity. I look forward to many more years of service with the board.”

About Hire Velocity
At Hire Velocity, we are passionate about designing talent strategies that transform organizations, and make the impossible possible for our clients. By combining high quality delivery teams with the most advanced recruiting and social media tools, we utilize two of our greatest assets—our talent and technology – to discover, measure, maximize, and deliver results. To learn more, please visit us at www.hirevelocity.com.

About University of Tampa
The University of Tampa has been included on Forbes’ annual ranking of the nation’s top colleges since 2010. In 2018, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school in the top tier for Best Regional Universities (south) among other recognitions. UT also received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years based on its exceptional financial management and growth. A distinguished faculty and approximately 8,913 students from all 50 states and 140 countries are joined in a university ranked among the best of the best. A medium-sized private university, UT offers more than 200 academic programs taught by a faculty as passionate about students’ success as they are about their areas of expertise. To learn more, please visit www.ut.edu.

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