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Celebrating Dean Kraft’s 30-Year Legacy

John Kraft retires as dean of the Warrington College of Business at the end of July. As Warrington prepares for its first dean transition since 1990, we asked his colleagues what they learned and they’ll remember from his tenure as Warrington dean. Joe Alba (James W. Walter Eminent Scholar Chair, Distinguished Professor): “Most people are unaware that John is the lovechild of Don Rickles and Mother Teresa. I have long viewed his heritage as a genetic win-win. On the one

Two UF Colleges Planning to Switch Locations

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business and UF Levin College of Law are preparing to switch locations in a historic move that will impact class locations in the fall. (Happy April Fools’ Day.) Recent renovations in the Plaza of the Americas unearthed a time capsule containing some of the original documents from UF Law’s 1969 move from what is now the UF Warrington campus. Faculty review of the documents revealed that the contracts were not

Believers in Business

When George (BSBA ’79) and Lisa Etheridge (BSBA ’80) enrolled at the University of Florida in the mid 1970s, pursuing a business education was not in their plans. George intended on being a dentist while Lisa went the pre-med route. What was once one of the furthest things from their minds is now one of the closest to their hearts. George and Lisa have championed the Warrington College of Business for the past four decades, generously supporting the College’s scholars

College mourns loss of alumnus, finance leader

The College lost one of its most prominent alumni Sunday with the passing of William A. “Mac” McGriff III, who lost his courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was 72 years old. McGriff (BSBA ’69) was a longtime supporter of the University of Florida and the Warrington College of Business. One of his most enduring gifts to the College was the establishment of the W.A. McGriff III Endowed Professorship Fund, which supports the instructional and research efforts of

Kraft to step down after more than 25 years as UF business dean

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – John Kraft, the longest-tenured dean at the University of Florida, has announced his decision to step down as dean of the Warrington College of Business after the 2016-17 academic year. Kraft, 72, will remain on Warrington’s faculty teaching strategy, and working with the College’s entrepreneurship, international business, and real estate programs. He has served as Warrington’s dean since 1990. UF has retained Isaacson, Miller—an executive search firm—to conduct a national search for Warrington’s next dean. “The past

Former players rallying to aid of Warrington alum

Bruce Kujawa (BSBA ’80, MBA ’83) supported his players on and off the court. A former assistant basketball coach at Jacksonville’s Bishop Kenny High School, Kujawa encouraged them to not quit the sport when it got tough, and acted as a father figure to the young men who didn’t have one. Those players are now supporting their former coach, and raising money to help Kujawa in his fight against Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS). His players founded “For the Bruce,”

Doctor of Business Administration program to debut this fall

The Hough Graduate School of Business at the Warrington College of Business Administration is launching a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program in August. The DBA is a professional doctorate that stresses the application of theory to practical business issues. The program’s objective is to develop proficiency in applied research by enhancing methodological and analytical skills. While Ph.D.’s in business are discipline-based, the DBA will provide students a broad-spectrum understanding of business topics including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, strategy

Heavener School celebrates progress of new undergraduate building

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration celebrated the progress of Heavener Hall, the College’s new state-of-the-art undergraduate building, with a beam-signing ceremony Friday. About 100 guests gathered for the ceremony, which was held on Heavener Hall’s construction site on the northeast corner of UF’s campus. Among those in attendance were UF President J. Bernard Machen, Warrington Dean John Kraft, former Heisman Trophy winner and UF alumnus Danny Wuerffel and James W. “Bill” Heavener (BSBA ’70), namesake of

Kraft named to AACSB committee to analyze management education

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. John Kraft, Dean of the Warrington College of Business Administration, has been named to an AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Blue Ribbon Committee designed to revise the standards of management education. The committee is comprised of 22 leading university educators from across the globe. The committee’s objective is to “evaluate the state of readiness of AACSB’s accreditation standards and processes to ensure the alignment of business practice and management education…set appropriate

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