Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox (Tampa)
Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox is a native of Tampa and a proud descendant of Cuban and Sicilian cigar makers who settled in Ybor City in the early 1900’s. She began attending the University of South Florida in 1964 and received her Ph.D. from USF in 1998. She retired after 33 years as Professor of Mathematics, teaching for Hillsborough Community College (HCC) at the Ybor City campus and the University of South Florida and on the Tampa Education Channel. She pioneered the offering of online mathematics courses for HCC and was President of the HCC chapter of United Faculty of Florida (FUSA).
Liana is a graduate of Leadership Florida, was National President of the USF Alumni Association, and was President of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County. She was on the Board of Governors for United Way of Florida and chaired Public Policy for United Way Suncoast. She is currently a Trustee for the Tampa Bay History Center and a board member for Champions for Children. Liana is an active member of USF’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the USF Latin Community Advisory Committee. Liana has long advocated for racial harmony through her past service on the boards of NCCJ, the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League, the Tampa Bi-Racial Coalition and the Juvenile Justice Council of Hillsborough County. Her past awards and honors include Hispanic Woman of the Year, the Tampa Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. award, The Drum Major for Justice award, and NCCJ’s Silver Medallion Humanitarian award. Liana was named a Woman of Distinction in 1999.