09/25/17 Real Estate
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay philanthropists Dr. Kiran Patel and his wife, Dr. Pallavi Patel are spending $200 million to create and promote a Tampa Bay regional campus for the private Nova Southeastern University.
Their commitment to the Fort Lauderdale-based university — $50 million in a cash donation and $150 million toward real estate the Patels would continue to control — would rank among the largest individual commitments to a college or university....
The University of South Florida will name a business program for the Vinik family at a Tuesday event.
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, along with his wife Penny and the team, helped launch USF’s dual-degree, sports-centric graduate program in 2012.
It will now be called the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management program.
USF officials said the renaming comes amid Jeff and Penny Vinik’s generous and ongoing support....
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has said over and over again that sexual assault on campus is an issue she wants to get right.
On Friday, her department rolled back Obama-era guidance and released new steps that will “treat all students fairly,” DeVos said, as schools investigate and adjudicate thorny cases of sexual misconduct on campus....
TAMPA – Another year, another record-breaking freshman class for the University of South Florida.
Its incoming students boast the strongest academics and most diversity in school history, officials said Tuesday.
It's also the biggest group of students the USF System has ever seen, numbering more than 50,000 enrollments between the main campus in Tampa and regional institutions USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee....
ST. PETERSBURG — The former leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, who resigned Monday amid internal criticism of her handling of Hurricane Irma, is defending her decisions during the storm.
"I strongly reject any question of my leadership during Irma and my leadership during my tenure at USFSP," former regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska wrote in a text message to a Tampa Bay Times reporter Monday night. "Certainly, I did nothing to warrant firing for cause. However, I do realize that President Genshaft has the right to choose another Chancellor, and she did."...
ST. PETERSBURG — While students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg awaited a lashing from Hurricane Irma, the school's leader fled the state for Atlanta and insinuated in an email to her boss that she remained on campus — going so far as to say things were quiet and that she heard birds chirping.
After the storm, USF officials moved to fire USFSP regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska for incompetence and "lack of leadership," criticizing her departure and alleging that she had hesitated to evacuate students as Irma grew more dangerous....
TAMPA — Jenn Flansburg found an old journal recently. She had written so hard that the pencil broke.
"Anger, hatred, jealousy," she recalled. "It consumed me."
Finding peace took time. It took a lot of visits with her mental health counselor. It took humility, especially the day Flansburg returned to her third-graders at Carrollwood Day School and felt all eyes on her.
Flansburg got help then. Now she's asking for a different kind of aid....
ST. PETERSBURG — The leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has been ousted.
University officials did not provide an immediate reason on Friday for the departure of Sophia Wisniewska, USFSP's regional chancellor of four years.
Wisniewska said she is leaving her post with pride and gratitude.
"One of the great joys of my career has been my years as regional chancellor at USFSP," Wisniewska wrote in a text message to the Tampa Bay Times late Friday. "In the life of any institution, there are natural times for leadership change. This is one of them."...
The power trucks massed in the morning.
They rolled out into quiet streets across Tampa Bay, where residents shared extension cords and bags of ice and precious air-conditioned real estate. When they had nothing else to give, people offered patience.
The state of Florida now boasts a top 10 public university.
The University of Florida has long aimed to crack the top 10. Today, the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings put UF in the No. 9 spot, a leap from last year at No. 14.
President Kent Fuchs called the victory “the result of many years of focused work and a keen sense of purpose.”...
It was called one of the most powerful storms in recorded history. It was bigger than Andrew, bigger than the state.
First it aimed for Miami, then Naples. Twenty four hours before landfall, it set its sights on Tampa Bay.
Fleeing cars packed highways. Homeowners hammered plywood onto windows and anchored garages with sandbags, with scenes of a water-logged Houston fresh in mind.
"Stay safe," they told their neighbors....
Monday's blustery daybreak brought relief — albeit cautious relief — across the Tampa Bay area.
Hurricane Irma downed trees and power lines and knocked the canopies off some gas stations, but seemingly spared the region the catastrophic damage that had been predicted.
"A glancing blow," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who had previously warned Irma would "punch us in the face."...
Hurricane Irma began a dreaded march north late Saturday, erasing any hope the Tampa Bay region and Florida's Gulf Coast would be spared its devastation.
At shelters where thousands waited for the storm to arrive, and in living rooms where families gathered around their TVs, a community wondered just how bad it would be.
"I'm terrified," said Nicole Manuel, 37, who huddled with family at her mother's house in Clearwater. "I keep on hearing different things, different changes. How fast is it coming? When is it even coming? It's different every time I see the TV."...
As the University of Florida battens down the hatches in advance of Hurricane Irma, white nationalist Richard Spencer has made another request to speak at UF.
The potential date is Thursday, Oct. 19. Spencer has requested that the event be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the university's Phillips Center.
He and his National Policy Institute initially tried to rent space for Sept. 12. UF denied that request in the days after Charlottesville, citing the potential for violence. After Spencer threatened an immiment lawsuit, the university said the denial was never intended to be a permanent ban, and that the school would welcome another request for a later date....