The University of South Florida has announced a $5 million gift from alumna and longtime supporter Lynn Pippenger to create an endowed deanship in the Muma College of Business.
The gift to the USF Foundation will support the academic priorities of the college's dean, including faculty support and salaries, graduate fellowships and assistantships, faculty research awards, professional development support, conferences and publications, visiting lectures and speaker series, and other academic, research, and public service programs.
Pippenger, who attended USF in the 1980s and later graduated with honors from USF's Executive MBA program, gave $10 million in 2015 to name the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and $5 million in 2016 to name Lynn Pippenger Hall on the USF St. Petersburg campus. She began her career in 1969 as a payroll clerk at brokerage firm Raymond James, where she helped build the company, launched an internal educational program now known as Raymond James University, and served as the firm's CFO and treasurer before retiring in 2012.
"Dean [Moez] Limayem has ambitious goals for the future of the Muma College of Business, and through the years I have watched as he surpassed each milestone he set," said Pippenger. "His leadership is a critical part of the college's path forward, and the best investment I can make in its future is to name the deanship and ensure we always have an accomplished, forward-thinking and dynamic leader."
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