100 Million USD for Florida State University

Gift endows new standalone entrepreneurship school.
100 Million USD for Florida State University
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY in Tallahassee has received US$100 million—the largest gift in its history—from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation. The gift will be used to establish the standalone Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. While entrepreneurship courses currently are taught in the College of Business, courses at the new school will be available to all FSU students. A significant portion of the gift will continue to fund the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, which is administered by the College of Business. Like the new school, it is named for automotive dealer and philanthropist Jim Moran. The Moran School of Entrepreneurship will be run by FSU business professor Susan Fiorito. It will be organized across five major focal areas: arts and humanities, STEM studies, business, allied health, and applied disciplines such as law, education, and social work. The undergraduate entrepreneurship programs currently housed in the College of Business will be moved to the school, which will award both bachelor of science and bachelor of art degrees; it also will offer a redesigned, interdisciplinary minor. The Jim Moran Institute will relocate to the new school’s building. The school is scheduled to launch in August 2018. During the intervening time, its interdisciplinary curriculum will be created by FSU faculty and the 28 entrepreneurs-in-residence who are embedded in 12 of FSU’s 16 colleges.