University of South Florida Muma College of Business
February 2015
USF names its School of Accountancy to honor long-time donor

The Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy naming recognizes a new gift of $10 million from the retired Raymond James executive, whose total giving to the USF Muma College of Business exceeds $21 million. Read more.


USF's Doctor of Business Administration Classes Begin USF Muma DBA Class

The first class to enroll into the Doctor of Business Administration program at USF's Muma College of Business is hitting the books in their first semester back to school. The DBA at USF is a unique program that is well suited for top-level business owners and executives who are looking to continue their educational growth as well as contribute that research back into their professions. Read more.


Tech Data CEO shares successful business traits with Executive MBA students

Recently, Tech Data CEO Bob Dutkowsky shared the wisdom he has gained from years as an executive in the tech industry with students in USF's Executive MBA program. He said he has noticed five qualities that push businesspeople to the top. Read more.

Sport & entertainment management students win national competition

Students pulled from classroom lessons and their residency experiences to create a marketing strategy aimed at increasing ticket sales, revenue, fan engagement and media ratings for Kentucky Speedway. Read more.

Grant allows USF students to study, help prevent cyber attacks

Students at the University of South Florida will study recent high-profile hacking cases to learn how to prevent the next major cybersecurity breach, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more.

Sport, entertainment leaders speak at USF lecture series

Hundreds of students, faculty and friends of the university came out to the second annual University of South Florida Sport & Entertainment Lecture Series.  The speakers included the first African-American woman billionaire, one of the most powerful sports agents in NBA history, the cofounder of Carnegie Mellon's "Dream Fulfillment Factory," and the CEO of the production company for some of the most famous entertainment experiences in the world. Read more. 

Alumni Notes
  • Donna Henson ('96, Finance and Accounting) joined Shinn & Company CPA Firm as its audit manager.
  • Jake Schoolfield ('07, Finance) joined the Sunshine State Bank as vice president, commercial lending officer. In his role, Schoolfield will be responsible for business development in the Tampa area.
  • Jose C. Jarquin ('13, BS in Marketing), was assigned as the Americas product manager, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data.
Additional alumni updates here.

Faculty and Staff Notes 
  • ISDS Department Professor John Jermier was nominated by the Academy of Management's Board of Governors to stand for election to the board as Representative at Large.
  • Barbara Leonard joined the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy as a visiting associate professor. 
More updates here.

 Upcoming Events


Tuesday, Feb. 24: Muma College of Business Corporate Connections networking event

Wednesday, Feb. 25: Workshop for 25 Under 25

March 11: Midnight, 25 Under 25 Application Deadline

March 24: ACG Tampa Bay Cup competition



MBA networking opportunities

Networking is an excellent way to land internships or jobs, and we have several talented MBA students who want to network with our alumni.  To help with this endeavor, we have created a portal to help alumni and MBA students connect.  Student resumes are posted and you can sort by specialization or desired opportunities.  Visit to learn more, or contact Irene Hurst at

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