April 14, 2014 | Volume XXI, Issue 14

College Surpasses Goal for Facilities Construction

Published: January 22nd, 2002

Category: News

Thanks to widespread support from alumni throughout Florida and the nation, as well as from law firms, faculty, friends and law students, the Levin College of Law exceeded its goal to raise $5 million by the end of 2001 toward a $25 million construction project to begin this year. Through leadership of W.C. Gentry ’71, Jacksonville, chairman of the Law Center Association Board of Trustees Building Campaign Committee, and hundreds of alumni volunteers from the Board of Trustees and the law school Alumni Council, more than $6.3 million was raised by Jan. 4, 2002 – topping the goal by $1,311,000. “We mark a new year and a new era at our college today,” said Dean Jon Mills. “Our alumni and friends joined together to prove their commitment to the future of this distinguished institution, and to our students and faculty. We now will have facilities that reflect the tremendous educational quality and opportunities that we offer at UF.” Mills said the campaign was marked by “an outpouring of grass roots support by more than 500 alumni, faculty, staff, friends and students – including a “Class Gift” from the Fall 2001 graduating class, and combined gifts from several UF law student organizations. Every gift, regardless of size, made a difference in this campaign and helped to put us past our goal.” Mills praised Board of Trustees Chairs Marybeth McDonald ’82 and Richard M. “Robie” Robinson ’66 and the nearly 200 class representatives serving on the Alumni Council, headed by Bruce Harris ’93, who supported the campaign and helped to secure gifts from classmates and colleagues throughout Florida, Georgia, and around the nation, for their leadership. “Generous support from UF law faculty also played a major role in this campaign, as it has in prior fund-raising campaigns,” Mills said. Mills noted the leadership and initiative of UF President Charles Young and Provost David Colburn in directing university funds to supplement the private fund-raising effort. “With the $6.3 million we raised and comparable state matching funds, plus $12.6 million provided by President Young and UF, we soon will be able to break ground on the library addition (Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center) and the Student/Faculty Academic Center,” Mills said. “Finally we will have first-class facilities to match our first-class students and faculty.”

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