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BAYBORO CIRCLE DONOR: LYNN PIPPENGER, MBA ‘88
Lynn Pippinger’s USF experience extends from one side of Tampa Bay to the other.

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Lynn Pippenger’s USF experience extends from one side of Tampa Bay to the other. She attended USF St. Petersburg in the 1980’s before ultimately graduating from USF’s Executive MBA program. A longtime supporter of both campuses, her generosity has been reflected in the naming of the School of Accountancy on the Tampa campus, and more recently, Lynn Pippenger Hall, home of the Tiedemann School of Business and Finance at USF St. Petersburg.

The generous gift to USF St. Petersburg from the former Raymond James executive will fund merit scholarships for full and part-time undergraduates who are studying accounting or finance. “Scholarships can ease the financial struggle for some students or provide the funding needed for students to travel abroad or participate in civic learning. In this way, they learn to give back themselves, usually in time or talent.”


BAYBORO CIRCLE DONOR: LEN DEADMAN, MA ‘79
Len Deadman earned a master’s degree at USF and taught marketing classes at USF and USF St. Petersburg for 20+ years while pursuing a successful career as an advertising executive.

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Len Deadman earned a master’s degree at USF and taught marketing classes at USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg for 20+ years while pursuing a successful career as an advertising executive. But it was his lifelong passion for journalism that spurred his desire to support emerging young journalists who were equally passionate about investigating and reporting the truth.

The Len and Nancy Deadman Journalism Scholarship will be funded by an income-producing duplex owned by the couple. Inspired by the work of the Tampa Bay Times, Deadman says, “I believe the Fourth Estate (press) is extremely important to this country. The press is needed to look into the mental health system, the prison system, the school system, and the political system. Anyone or any entity that is dishonest and in a leadership role needs to be called out front and center. And I wanted to help in any way I could.”


SABAL CIRCLE DONORS: THE SEMBLER FAMILY
The Sembler family’s commitment to USF St. Petersburg has taken many forms, from inspired leadership to financial support that has changed the face of the campus.

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The Sembler family’s commitment to USF St. Petersburg has taken many forms, from inspired leadership to financial support that has changed the face of the campus. “I had never stepped foot on the campus of USF St. Petersburg until I began my service on the Board of Trustees,” says Debbie Nye Sembler, “Now, I feel such a bond with this institution and I’ve enjoyed being a part of its tremendous growth … I’ve recruited a lot of students to come to school here, extolling all of its virtues in the process. That’s how much I believe in it.” Debbie has served on the USF St. Petersburg Campus Board, the USF Board of Trustees, and the USF Foundation Board. She also co-chaired USF St. Petersburg’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The Semblers’ generous contributions to USF St. Petersburg include creating the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture Series, supporting the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center, and the Debbie and Brent Sembler Family Fountain. “I like supporting the growth of this institution in our community,” says Brent Sembler. “I like having USF St. Petersburg in the heart of downtown – I think it’s great for our city.”


SABAL CIRCLE DONORS: THE STAVROS FAMILY
The names Gus and Frances Stavros stand out as two of the most civic-minded and philanthropic leaders of Pinellas County.

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The names Gus and Frances Stavros stand out as two of the most civic-minded and philanthropic leaders of Pinellas County. A former USF Trustee, Mr. Stavros founded the USF St. Petersburg campus board and, together with his wife, translated their longstanding commitment to education into generous support of our campus.

In addition to endowing entrepreneurship scholarships and naming a conference room in the Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, they provided significant funding for the establishment of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in USF’s College of Education. “It is imperative that we support our universities in a time of waning public resources,” Gus said. “We believe that the solution to the ills of the world is education, and we are proud to support USF St. Petersburg’s future growth.”


CORAL CIRCLE DONORS: DR. GEORGE STOVALL AND JANE HARVEY STOVALL, MA ‘75
George and Jane Stovall have several USF St. Petersburg connections.

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George and Jane Stovall have several USF St. Petersburg connections. Jane earned a master’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, George has enjoyed taking classes from a variety of disciplines throughout the years and both are members of Town and Gown. Although George did not graduate from USF St. Petersburg, it tops the list of the nine institutions of higher learning that he attended. “USF St. Petersburg is by far and away the very best school I’ve been to. It is one of the friendliest, most diverse campuses, with something interesting always happening at the marina and easy walking or biking to restaurants, museums, and concert venues.”

George counted well-known outdoorsman and USF St. Petersburg faculty member Terry Tomalin among his closest friends, as they shared numerous kayak and paddleboard adventures. “We probably made 30 different trips around Florida together; and when he taught in the Florida Studies Program, I went on a trip with him and his students.” When Tomalin passed away, George said, “I had about 300 books on Florida and decided to donate them along with my diaries, maps and charts to the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library on campus. I thought that the Terry Tomalin Florida Studies Collection would be the perfect way to carry on his legacy.”


CORAL CIRCLE DONOR: MATT JACKSON, MBA’14
Matt Jackson, a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, made his first annual gift in 2017 and promises it won’t be his last.

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Matt Jackson, a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, made his first annual gift in 2017 and promises it won’t be his last. Jackson has great praise for his experience at the Tiedemann School of Business and Finance and credits it for much of his professional success.

“I think education is the single most important thing that can raise people out of poverty, but it can be hard to access. I see the impact that the University had on my life, and I want to do as much as I can to help the University so they can help more students.” Jackson is already thinking about his future giving to the Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, which he hopes will include naming several spaces in and around the building. “I plan to increase the amount of my gifts as my career grows.  I will never not be a donor. I will always find a way to give back.”


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