The University of South Florida (USF) will establish a new Center for the Advancement of Teaching and name it after a Sarasota accountant with a longtime interest in innovative schooling. The center and an endowed professorship will be supported by a $1-million gift from the family of the late David C. Anchin, along with a matching $750,000 endowment from state taxpayers. Anchin was a Russian-Jewish immigrant who worked his way through two universities and founded the private certified public accountancy firm of Anchin and Anchin, an announcement from USF said. William Katzenmeyer, dean of USF's College of Education, where the center will be located, could not be reached for comment Tuesday when the announcement was made. But in a prepared statement, he said the Anchin Center would focus on educational reform. "This Anchin Center is action-oriented and will work directly at the place where change needs to occur _ with the teachers," he said. Among other things, the Anchin Center will take over the Suncoast Area Teacher Training Program, the statement said. USF president Frank Borkowski will be host of a reception in Sarasota honoring the Anchin family on Saturday. The new professorship is USF's 37th endowed chair.
Patricia Sullivan, the 18-month-old child who almost drowned in the family pool over the weekend, was pulled from the pool by her mother, not a passer-by as a story Tuesday incorrectly stated. She remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition.