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Legacy Hall Donor Salutes 'Next Generation' of Business Leaders

Danny Persaud

Danny Persaud calls it investing in tomorrow.

"Especially when it comes to education, if there's some way I can benefit the next generation and I can do it, I'll do it," he says.

Florida State University concurs -- because he did it.

Persaud, CEO of Tampa-based MidFlorida Armored & ATM Services, recently made a significant gift to name a classroom in Legacy Hall, the future home of the College of Business.

Persaud said his gift came in response to a request from the college, which asked if he would consider making a gift in a space that would bear his name.

"'Absolutely,'" he said, recalling his reply. "Whether my name is on it did not make any difference to me. It's just investing in our future."

Persaud joined an effort that the College of Business considers crucial to its own future. The college must maintain a steady stream of funding to break ground next fall on Legacy Hall, an $88 million facility that requires $44 million in private funding to match $44 million in committed government support.

Officials see the next-generation facility as certain to attract top-tier students and professors and to keep the College of Business on its upward rankings protectory.