I am honored — on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the College — to thank and recognize all of our donors for fiscal year 2002-2003. If I met you during my travels around the state and nation or during one of your visits to Gainesville, you perhaps heard me say how privileged I am to be dean of your law school. You probably also heard me say it is no longer possible for a law school, whether public or private, to be excellent without the strong support of its alumni and friends. One of the many reasons I am delighted the University of Florida is now my academic home is our College of Law’s reputation for strong philanthropic support from alumni and friends.
In this Report, we express our appreciation to all those who supported the College with a gift from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003. In these pages, you will read about:
- The many individuals, firms and organizations who have made possible through their gifts the construction and renovation project that will create much needed, top-rank academic space for future generations of students.
- Alumni and friends whose gifts create scholarships that make it possible for another generation of students to have access to a first-rate legal education.
- Alumni and friends who help us attract and retain one of the finest faculties assembled anywhere. Some of these gifts create professorships and chairs. Other gifts, including gifts to the Annual Fund, support faculty research, travel to conferences, and stipends for research assistants (a “win-win” because of experience students receive when assisting professors).
- Alumni and friends whose unrestricted giving helps us strengthen our library, improve the technology needed by faculty and students in their teaching and research, and support valuable extracurricular programs.
If you have not yet made a gift for the 2003-2004 fiscal year, I respectfully ask that you consider doing so. The College has tremendous momentum, and every gift helps sustain and grow this progress. For the future, I ask those who have not supported us previously to consider a gift of “just one hour per year.” Many alumni have responded favorably, and others are recommitting their support; their names will appear in next year’s Report.
My special thanks goes to members of our Law Center Association Board of Trustees and our Alumni Council for their service to the law school and their support of our development activities. For their leadership on the Board of Trustees, I extend special appreciation to current Chair Mike McNerney and to Marybeth McDonald for her 2001-03 term; and for Alumni Council leadership, special thanks to current President Oscar Sanchez and to his predecessor, Ken Johnson, 2002-03. There are many others who have done wonderful things for our law school these past few years, and you, too, have my special thanks.
Again, my sincere appreciation goes to everyone listed in this Report for making our College a philanthropic priority. With your help, we will meet the challenge of providing a high-quality legal education for our students and an environment that enables our extraordinary faculty to attain the highest levels of excellence in teaching and scholarship. Thank you for all that you do for our law school.
Robert H. Jerry II