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Remarkable Generosity: Stadium Center Renamed in Honor of Frank and Carol Morsani

Frank and Carol Morsani

UT's Stadium Center residence hall was recently renamed following a generous donation by two of Tampa Bay's most philanthropic individuals and education advocates—Frank and Carol Morsani.

The Morsanis made a multimillion-dollar gift to the University, one of the largest gifts in UT's history. To honor their generosity, the residence hall was renamed the Frank and Carol Morsani Hall. The hall, which is located in the center of campus overlooking Pepin Stadium, is home to 464 students and features a food court on the first floor.

Frank and Carol are well-known in Tampa Bay, as their names grace the USF Medical School and Health Clinic, a lobby at the Tampa Museum of Art, a theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and also an exhibition hall at the Dali Museum.

"The Morsanis have made such a significant and visible impact on so many cultural and education areas in Tampa Bay. They have a long relationship with UT, and we are pleased to be one of the institutions they continue to believe in and support," President Ron Vaughn says.

Frank is the chairman of Automotive Investments, Inc. and a trustee of the Frank and Carol Morsani Family Foundation. He was a member of UT's Board of Counselors from 1974 to 1976 and UT's Board of Fellows from 1977 to 1979, serving as chair of the Fellows in 1978. He then served on the UT Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1984.

Carol serves as the director of the Frank and Carol Morsani Family Foundation, which supports education, the arts and health care, along with numerous other programs benefiting the community.

The Morsanis said they are pleased they can make this investment in UT.

"As we all know, UT was created by the local chamber of commerce and for many years was the only school of higher education on the west coast of Florida," Frank says. "The accomplishments that it has made are many, and the community is a far better place because of its academic excellence."

To learn how you can follow the Morsanis' example and leave a lasting legacy to benefit UT students, please contact The Office of Planned Giving at 813-258-7373 or

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