Day family donates $1 million to FSU Dedman School of Hospitality

Black and white image of Cecil Day

Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality announced Thursday a $1 million donation by the family of Cecil B. Day to establish and support a slate of academic initiatives at the school.

Cecil B. Day Sr. was the founder of the Days Inn America hotel chain. He passed away in 1978 but through his widow, Deen Day Sanders, and his family, the Days have regularly put their support behind FSU and Dedman. 

“This gift will have a significant impact on our hospitality students,” said Andy A. Jhanji, interim vice president for University Advancement and executive vice president of the FSU Foundation. “Experiences outside of the classroom, like listening to speakers, joining clubs and traveling to conferences, are important parts of a student’s academic success.”

The Day family’s contribution will support programs and activities which uphold Cecil B. Day’s dynamic leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.