Florida International University in Miami has announced a $20 million gift from former ambassador Steven J. Green, his wife, Dorothea, their daughter Kimberly, and the Green Family Foundation to its School of International and Public Affairs.
The gift will support construction of a new building that brings the school's resources under a single roof and fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation through research, meetings, and convenings. In addition, the gift will establish an endowment in support of academic, research, and public affairs initiatives at the school focused on transnational studies, international institutions, and security policy in the Americas and will support the school's pursuit of membership in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.
In recognition of the gift, the school will be renamed the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. FIU also will rename its Latin American and Caribbean Center for Kimberly Green and will establish a Kimberly Green Scholarship and Dorothea Green Lecture Series Fund.
Steven J. Green, former CEO of the Samsonite Corporation, served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 1997-2001. His wife, Dorothea Green, is a former Miss New York, a former member of the board of the FIU Foundation, and the founder of FIU's Steven and Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series. Kimberly Green, a philanthropist, writer, and documentary-filmmaker, serves as president of Green Family Foundation. Longtime supporters of the university, the Greens have supported the Steven and Dorothea Green Library and the Frost Art Museum, created an art lecture series at the university, helped fund the Digital Library of the Caribbean, and established the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
"This gift reinforces FIU's destiny as a preeminent center for international education and global problem-solving," said FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg. "Naming the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs recognizes the family’s long-term commitment to FIU, to international education, and to being global solution providers."