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 (USF) in 1964 and received her Ph.D. from USF in 1998. She retired from teaching as Professor of Mathematics after almost 40 years, teaching at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) at the Ybor City campus, USF 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.
Liana is a graduate of Leadership Florida, served as National President of the USF Alumni Association and 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. She has long been a community activist, focusing on the informed participation of citizens in government, access to higher education and racial harmony in our community.
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 National Conference for Community and Justice’s (NCCJ) Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award. Liana was named a Woman of Distinction in 1999.