Florida State University has announced a $100 million gift — the largest in its history — from Jan Moran and the Jim Moran Foundation to establish the nation’s largest interdisciplinary degree-granting school of entrepreneurship.
To be named the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, the school will expand the number of entrepreneurship courses currently taught in the FSU's College of Business and make them available to all students. The undergraduate entrepreneurship programs currently housed in the College of Business also will be moved to the school, which will award both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Entrepreneurship, as well as a redesigned, interdisciplinary minor.
In addition, a significant portion of the gift will be used to fund the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, which will continue to operate within the College of Business, with focus on bridging real-world entrepreneurship practice with entrepreneurship education. "Virtually every profession demands a certain level of entrepreneurial thinking, but very few students actually gain entrepreneurial training and experience before they graduate from college," said Michael D. Hartline, interim dean of the College of Business. "Florida State is changing that. Because of the vision and generosity of Jim and Jan Moran and the Jim Moran Foundation, Florida State students will have the unique ability to study and practice entrepreneurship from a valuable perspective in the arts, sciences, humanities, education, communication, law, medicine and, of course, business."
The gift brings to $109 million the total support for FSU from Jim Moran, who died in 2007, his family, his foundation, and his company, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
"Jim believed [that] the future belongs to those who prepare for it," said Jan Moran. "With this gift, we forever secure the legacy of Jim Moran and his passion for supporting entrepreneurism so that current and future generations will have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful."