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UF College of Business namesake commits $16 million to create faculty fellows fund

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Citing faculty as the key to a competitive future for the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration, UF Trustee Al Warrington announced today that he has committed a deferred gift of $16 million to establish an endowment to privately fund faculty positions in the college. Salary and benefits for the positions will come entirely from the income generated by the newly created Warrington Faculty Fellows Endowment. The faculty positions will be in accounting and entrepreneurship

Bradbury lecture brings Nobel winner to UF campus

Gainesville, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration hosted Nobel Memorial Prize winner and MIT Institute Professor Emeritus Robert Solow on Monday, April 6 as keynote speaker for this year’s Robert Bradbury Distinguished Lecture on International Economics. Solow, who received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1987 for his work on the theory of economic growth, delivered a lecture on “Obama’s First 100 Days – An Economist’s Perspective.” The event was co-sponsored by Warrington’s Center for International

Warrington maintains AACSB accreditation

Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration was among 57 schools that maintained their accreditation in business, and 14 that have maintained their accreditation in accounting, AACSB International announced today. Additionally, eight institutions of higher learning from five countries have earned accreditation in business, and three have earned accreditation in accounting. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business

Tom Shannon, 1966 alum, wins Horatio Alger Award

Gainesville, Fla. – Thomas Shannon (BSBA `66) was presented with the 2009 Horatio Alger Award on April 2. Shannon, a successful collegiate athlete and businessman, was inducted as a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association, and stated, “every award is an honor, but this is extremely humbling because it honors extraordinary Americans. These are amazing people and I am humbled to be put in their company.” Fellow inductees this year included Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, Las Vegas developer and

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

UF MBA establishes new home in South Florida

Gainesville, Fla. – The UF MBA program has put its stamp on the South Florida landscape with the opening of its new executive classroom suite in Sunrise. The UF MBA program has offered its professional MBA program in South Florida since 2004, but due to the high demand for the program—based on UF’s reputation as a Top 50 MBA program—the classroom facility was quickly outgrown. Last summer, plans were made to create an executive classroom suite exclusively for the South

Beall and Burns named Distinguished Alums for 2008

Gainesville, Fla. – Robert Beall II and Laurie Burns received the University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award during commencement ceremonies for the Warrington College of Business Administration held on Sunday, May 4. Robert Beall is executive chairman of Bealls Inc., based in Bradenton, Fla., which is the parent company for Beall’s Department Stores, Inc. operating in Florida, and Beall’s Outlet Stores, Inc., operating stores in Florida, Georgia and Arizona. Beall’s employs approximately 11,500 people and has annual sales exceeding $1.2

Kaufman, Rossin & Company donate $50,000 to Fisher School of Accounting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kaufman, Rossin & Company have pledged $50,000 to the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida in honor of firm founders and managing principles James R. Kaufman (BSBA ‘57) and Jay H. Rossin (BSBA ‘55). Founding the company in 1962, Fisher School alumni Jim and Jay set out to create a dynamic, young and innovative firm. Along the way, they built one of the largest (Top 100) CPA firms in the country, employing numerous UF

Bill Hough names graduate school with largest gift in UF history

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – William R. “Bill” Hough graduated as a member of the University of Florida’s first MBA class in 1948, and has been supporting UF ever since. Now, he makes university history again, as the donor of the largest private gift UF has ever received, $30 million dollars. In recognition of this overwhelming show of support, the university has established a new school that bears his name: The Hough Graduate School of Business. The gift establishes an endowment to

Real Estate Center receives $2.5 million to bolster program

Gainesville, Fla. – It was announced today that Kelley Bergstrom of Kenilworth, Ill. has pledged $2.5 million to the University of Florida’s Center for Real Estate Studies, which is housed in and part of the Warrington College of Business. The center, established in 1986, conducts extensive real estate economic research and offers numerous degree programs, including a one‐year Master of Science in Real Estate degree, a joint program with UF’s Levin College of Law allowing students to earn two degrees