Breaking new ground for graduate business studies

Gainesville, Fla. – Ground was broken on William R. Hough Hall, which will house the Hough Graduate School of Business, on February 21, 2009. Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included Bernie Machen, UF president, John Kraft, Warrington dean, and William Hough (MBA 1948), the project’s majority benefactor. Howie Ferguson, coordinator of UF facilities planning, and Rick Rowe of Rowe Architects, conducted a virtual presentation of the facility.

Completion of the $23+ million, 70,000 square-foot building is projected to be in fall 2010. Hough Hall will expand the College’s potential to develop the world’s new business leaders by providing an outstanding learning environment that promotes interaction between faculty and students with alumni, recruiters and other constituents. Hough, founder of the investment banking firm William R. Hough & Co., and his wife, Hazel, are residents of St. Petersburg, Fla. Hough credits his ability to make such a gift to William R. Hough & Co., the success of which, while initiated by the education he received at UF, was bolstered and sustained through the efforts of the many other employees who worked there.