Betty Castor was part of a contingent led by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to Cuba. On the program she talked about her impressions and needs of the island. A former president at the University of South Florida, she also talked plenty about higher education. Health care issues here in Florida were also discussed.
Castor was elected to three terms in the Florida State Senate before being elected education commissioner in the 1980’s. She ultimately served as USF’s president from 1994-1999.
She lost to Republican Mel Martinez in a bitter contest for the U.S. Senate in 2004.