Florida State University has announced a $20 million gift from longtime supporters Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap.
The lead gift in a $100 million capital campaign in support of athletic excellence at FSU will be invested in the university's football program. In recognition of the gift, a planned football operations facility will be named the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Football Center. The commitment boosts the couple's total philanthropic support for FSU to more than $40 million, which includes gifts in support of the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Student Success Center, the Al Dunlap Football Practice Fields, the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility, and the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Champions Club.
"College football and college athletics in general is a competitive landscape," said Al Dunlap, the retired chair and/or CEO of nine major corporations, including Scott Paper Company and Crown Zellerbach Corp., and a high school and college (West Point) football player. "I'm a competitive guy. My wife, Judy, and I identified immediately with this football operations facility concept when it was first presented to us back in late August. It's not just about being competitive — it's about staying competitive. That's who we are. We want FSU's student-athletes to have the very best and equip them with opportunities to achieve on the highest levels possible on and off the field. They make us proud with their effort and resolve."
"The Dunlaps have always appreciated and understood the role of leadership and have always been eager and willing to embrace it as did Coach [Willie] Taggart and his wife, Taneshia," said Andy Miller, CEO and president of Seminole Boosters, Inc. "Their leadership gifts are instrumental in our ability to launch this very ambitious campaign. Their gift is also a call to all Seminoles to consider what they are willing and able to donate to help advance Florida State University, its athletics department, and hundreds of deserving men's and women's student-athletes." -