Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation, signed the gift agreement addendum alongside Florida State University President Richard D. McCullough, Provost James J. Clark, FSU Foundation President Marla Vickers, Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship Dean Susan Fiorito, Founding Director of The Jim Moran Foundation and Dean Emeritus of the FSU College of Business Melvin Stith and Founding Director of The Jim Moran Foundation Tom Blanton, signifying the Jim Moran Institute’s move to its new home in the Jim Moran College.
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship was established in 1995 through a contribution from automotive pioneer Jim Moran, Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises as part of the Florida State University College of Business and continues to serve small business owners and nonprofit organizations throughout Florida. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.
“My husband, Jim, always believed ‘the future belongs to those who prepare for it.’ He was very proud of the Jim Moran Institute and the opportunities it created for small business owners who were just like him when he was starting out in the gas station,” said Jan Moran. “I appreciate the nearly 30 years of support and guidance from FSU’s College of Business. With the transition to now permanently reside within the Jim Moran College, the Jim Moran Institute is well-prepared for the future.”
In December 2015, Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation committed $100 million to FSU – the largest gift in the university’s history – to expand the Jim Moran Institute’s operations statewide and create the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. Now known as the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship, it is the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting entrepreneurship college.
Fiorito sees tremendous potential in the new arrangement.
“The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship is thrilled and honored to work with the extremely talented and hard-working staff of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship to help in sharing the legacy of Jim Moran to the community of entrepreneurs as well as to FSU students,” she said. “The integration of the college and the institute will enhance the educational opportunities for all involved.”
About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition, and leading-edge research.
The Jim Moran Institute comprises a dedicated team of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars and staff who foster the entrepreneurial spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship to facilitate new business and further the goals of established businesses.
For more information, visit jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu.
About the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship
The revolutionary and highly experiential Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University is dedicated to teaching those who wish to embark on an entrepreneurial journey. The Jim Moran College (JMC) attracts students across disciplines and provides them with the education and skills they need to become entrepreneurs. JMC offers students 3 undergraduate majors, 5 graduate majors, 10 minors and a vast array of extracurricular opportunities, to inspire innovation, instill compassion and ignite an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of leaders.
For more information, visit jimmorancollege.fsu.edu.