USFSP to Host Lynn Pippenger Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Jan. 17

A photo of the entrance to Lynn Pippenger Hall, the new home for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business

The entrance to Lynn Pippenger Hall, the new home for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.

Join USF St. Petersburg for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Lynn Pippenger Hall, the new state-of-the-art facility for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. The celebration will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Third Street South entrance.

The four-story building boasts more than 68,000 square feet of classroom, office, and common spaces, including a new Wealth Management Center and a Consumer Insight Lab. It features furniture and art built from live oaks that were felled to make space for construction of the new facility, giving the wood new life

“As a university system with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to student achievement, we are eager to lead and seize the future,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “The Kate Tiedemann College of Business in Lynn Pippenger Hall provides a strong foundation on which our students and faculty will continue to build the knowledge and know-how to meet today’s complex employment demands. It will be a cornerstone of this community’s economic development—and a stepping stone for its future.”

“This new building is the physical embodiment of what is already one of Florida’s top business schools,” said Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska. “State-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces in Lynn Pippenger Hall will enhance the educational experience for so many, and I could not be more proud that USFSP has one of the few business schools in the country to be named for woman.”

Construction of the building was made possible with critical support from elected officials and community leaders, which resulted in legislative funding of $27 million over three years. Three historically significant gifts come from three local businesswomen: Kate Tiedemann, Ellen Cotton and Lynn Pippenger. The hall is named for Pippenger, a former Raymond James executive who contributed $5 million in March 2016 to fund scholarships for students studying Accounting or Finance. Pippenger has long been a supporter of USF, whose total giving to the Muma College of Business exceeds $21 million.

In 2014, entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann bestowed a $10 million gift to the university—the largest in the institution’s history—to support education, research, and the service mission of the college. The College is named for her. Tiedemann’s transformational gift was followed in early 2016 by a $1 million gift from Ellen Cotton to help fund scholarships. The building’s expansive atrium is named for her.

“The Kate Tiedemann College of Business is grounded in student success. Through foundational and experiential learning, and a commitment to student professional development, we are investing in the next generation of business leaders,” said KTCOB Dean Sridhar Sundaram. “Our new home, Lynn Pippenger Hall, is truly inspiring and will push us to be more, dream bigger and maintain a future-forward approach in all of our teaching and learning.”

KTCOB is one of few business schools worldwide to have earned AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. Its online MBA program is ranked among the nation’s top 15 online programs by U.S. News & World Report.

For more information about the ribbon cutting event and parking, visit the event website.