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Sykes College of Business Dedicated

Published: October 13, 2000

 The University of Tampa formally renamed its college of business after benefactor John H. Sykes and opened a high-tech college of business building, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 7. on the steps of Tampa's old municipal center, the former McKay Auditorium.


During its last meeting of the academic year, last May, the UT Board of Trustees voted to name the college after Sykes in honor of his commitment to higher education and his gift of $38 million to the University during the last three years.  John Sykes is chairman of Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated, a Tampa-based information technology company.


The $10-million, 80,000-sqaure-foot high-tech business building, crafted from the shell of the former auditorium, has changed forever the way business is taught at UT, and has put the University’s college of business light-years ahead of most other business schools.


Sykes's first gift of $10 million came in September 1997.  It was earmarked for the conversion of McKay Auditorium ($7.5 million) endowment of the Center for Ethics ($1 million) and construction of a chapel and intercultural center ($1.5 million) still to be built.


A second gift of $28 million in January of this year from John and Susan Sykes is being used to build the new nine-story, 450-bed Ronald L. Vaughn Residence Hall and Student Center, to be completed in fall 2001.


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