About Me

Steven C. Currall is the Interim President of Cabarrus College.  He is also currently a Special Advisor in the Office of Research at Harvard University, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Professor in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida (USF).

Currall previously served as President of USF where he oversaw the leadership of USF Health, which is comprised of the Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, and the Taneja College of Pharmacy. During his tenure as president, USF completed and opened the new Morsani College building, a $190,000,000, 395,000 square- foot, medical education, research, and clinical facility and finalized the design of, and broke ground on, a new $27,000,000, 47,000 square-foot, Student Wellness Center building.

Together with the leadership of Tampa General Hospital (TGH), Currall co-led integration of the clinical operations and physician practices of USF Health and TGH, a total of 1,400 health care providers across 46 locations. The USF-TGH strategic alliance represents the first integrated academic and clinical organization on the west coast of Florida. TGH is a private not-for-profit hospital, the teaching hospital of the Morsani College of Medicine, has nearly 1,100 beds, and has the area’s only level I adult and pediatric trauma center. USF medical students, nurses and physical therapy students all receive part of their training at TGH.

Currall’s board service has included: The 10-campus University of California system’s Global Health Institute (Vice Chair), Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, California Life Sciences Association, BioHouston (Vice Chair), and San Francisco Bay Area Council. He also served on the executive advisory council of Interferometrics, Inc., a venture-funded medical device company, which was based on intellectual property developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He was chair of the board of directors, Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation, which was funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) “Accelerating Innovation Research” grant to foster collaboration among the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Medicine, Office of Research, College of Engineering, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and industry partners such as Novartis Diagnostics, Becton, Dickinson & Co. Biosciences, and Applied Precision, Inc.

He has been a personal grantee on $23,533,893 in research funding, over 80% of which came from refereed grants from the NSF or National Institutes of Health. He was lead author of a book entitled, Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America’s Prosperity (Oxford University Press), which was the culmination of a 10-year research project funded by the NSF on interdisciplinary research involving science, engineering, and medicine. His work has appeared in, for example, Nature Reviews Bioengineering, Nature Nanotechnology, Research Policy, Issues in Science and Technology, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of International Business Studies, and Personnel Psychology.

Currall previously served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist University, Dean of the Graduate School of Management and, subsequently, Chancellor’s Senior Advisor, at UC Davis, and Vice Dean, Department Chair, and Professor in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. At Rice University, he was the William and Stephanie Sick Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Brown School of Engineering, Associate Professor of Management, and Founding Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (Royal Society of the Arts) of the United Kingdom. He earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University, a M.Sc. in social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, his father was a psychiatric social worker at the University of Kansas Medical Center and his mother was an academic administrator at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Medical School.