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Morsanis make multimillion-dollar gift to University of Tampa

TAMPA — The University of Tampa is renaming its Stadium Center dormitory Frank and Carol Morsani Hall as the result of the couple's multimillion donation to UT, one of the largest gifts in university history.

The residence is in the center of the 105-acre UT campus, overlooking Pepin Stadium. It houses 464 students and has a first-floor food court.

The university did not disclose the amount of the gift, but in a statement UT president Ronald L. Vaughn praised the couple's "significant and visible impact" on cultural and educational institutions throughout the Tampa Bay area. Their name already is on the University of South Florida College of Medicine, a lobby at the Tampa Museum of Art, an exhibition hall at the Dalí Museum and a theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

"They have a long relationship with UT, and we are pleased to be one of the institutions they continue to believe in and support," Vaughn said.

Frank Morsani was a member of various UT boards, including its Board of Trustees, from 1974 to 1984. Morsani worked as a mechanic to pay for college and ended up being one of the top-selling car dealers in the country, at one point owning more than 30 dealerships around the country. The couple has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1970.

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