Anonymous donor pledges $1 million to new USF medical school building

USF in Water Street Tampa will become the new home for the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

A local philanthropist anonymously committed $1 million in support of the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute building under construction in Water Street Tampa. The donor also serves on the dean’s campaign cabinet to promote the medical college’s upcoming move to the downtown waterfront.

“We are thrilled that this individual has chosen to support our vision not only through his very valuable time and leadership, but also through his personal generosity,” said Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. “This gift will make an important impact in advancing medical education, research and innovative care in the Tampa Bay area and the nation for generations.”

While this is the donor’s first major gift to the University of South Florida, the benefactor has a long history of philanthropic support to education, youth sports, the arts and children’s causes in the Tampa Bay area.

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will bring medical students, faculty and cardiovascular scientists to the heart of the world’s first WELL-certified city district being planned by Strategic Property Partners. By moving within a mile of its primary teaching hospital and world-class simulation center, USF will attract the brightest future physicians to Tampa Bay and increase federal research dollars to fight heart disease.

The USF: Unstoppable Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising effort by the University of South Florida System to celebrate the energy, vision, and future of one of the country’s most exciting and engaged universities. Our people and programs, our ideas, our research, and our solutions comprise an ambitious plan to enhance healthcare, science, technology, education, business, the arts, and global partnerships.