The University of South Florida has announced a $20 million gift from local auto dealer Frank Morsani and his wife, Carol.
The gift from the Florida couple will help fund completion of a new 145,000 square-foot medical school building that makes it possible for students to learn together in inter-professional teams, with a special focus on personalized medicine. The gift brings the Morsanis' total contributions to USF over the years to $43 million. In recognition of their generosity, the university will rename its medical school the Morsani College of Medicine at USF.
Ground breaking on the new six-story center is slated for the fall of 2013. Among other things, the facility will offer a Center for Advanced Clinical Learning where students from all disciplines are taught the best patient care techniques; an expanded free BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic; and state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls, and learning spaces for students.
"Carol and Frank Morsani embody the values that make Tampa Bay and, indeed, this country great," said Stephen K. Klasko, dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. "They have understood the importance of family, friends, integrity and entrepreneurship, and we could not be more proud that every graduate will now bear the Morsani name on their diploma. Having two people that I respect as much as anyone in the world invest in the future of USF Health is both humbling and incredibly exciting."