Excited by “shovels in the ground,” an alumnus and major supporter of the Florida State University College of Business decided to deepen his effort toward building something exceptional and transformational.
Kevin Little (BS Accounting ’92) recently committed a major gift to name the Kevin S. Little Commons in Legacy Hall, the college’s future home.
The gift follows the October groundbreaking of the world-class facility, and it marks his second major investment to fund the project. A previous gift named the Kevin S. Little Breakout Room on the ground floor.
“To see shovels go into the ground was inspiring,” said Little, a college Board of Governors executive committee member and co-founder and CEO of Boca Raton-based Health Advocates Network. “It made the building that much more real, and I was excited to make another contribution toward seeing it become a reality.”
Michael Hartline, dean of the college, hailed Little for his steady support of students, faculty members and Legacy Hall. Hartline and other officials tout the facility’s potential to draw exceptional students and to attract and retain more world-renowned faculty members.
Hartline also noted that Little maintains a prominent presence at the university as a mentor, classroom speaker and long-time athletics booster. He even has hosted a College of Business event at his Broward County home.
“We genuinely thank Kevin for his generosity, enthusiasm and dedication to Florida State University and the College of Business,” Hartline said. “His investments in Legacy Hall and his engagement on campus underscore his commitment to our students, college and preeminence.”
The state Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis two years ago approved $44 million in funding for the facility, initially projected to cost $88 million. The college raised the additional $44 million through private funding, but costs have continued to soar from inflation and, previously, from the effects of COVID-19, officials say.
Little said the increased costs prompted him to contact David VanLone, the college’s chief development officer, after the groundbreaking to ask about immediate giving opportunities.