University of South Florida Receives $10 Million for New School

The University of South Florida in Tampa has announced a $10 million gift from trustee and advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman to the School of Mass Communications in its College of Arts and Sciences.

The largest gift ever to the College of Arts and Sciences will be used to attract students to the advertising and mass communications programs and boost the school’s reputation. Zimmerman previously helped establish the school’s advertising program, which is a joint effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Muma College of Business.

Zimmerman, the founder of Fort Lauderdale-based Zimmerman Advertising, has been a longtime supporter of the advertising program at USF. In 2002, he endowed a scholarship for advertising students, and in 2006 he endowed a professorship at the school. In April, he will be honored by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals and encourages youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.

"The University of South Florida is so proud that one of our own trustees, Jordan Zimmerman, has made this commitment to the College of Arts and Sciences and the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications," said USF System president Judy Genshaft. "The combination of his passion for his profession and his continuous support for the school creates greater learning and working opportunities for our students."