Divya Kumar - Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. A view from inside the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. The university is asking for $50 million from the state to help it achieve more prestige.
  2. A view of St. Petersburg College's Gibbs campus in St. Petersburg. The school's board of trustees, meeting on Aug. 9, 2022, voted against giving adjunct faculty more compensation in the form of a fee and a bonus.
  3. Grant Park Christian Academy will not have to follow new federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in order to continue receiving federal school lunch dollars, the school’s lawyers said Monday.
  4. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where a new survey suggests faculty morale is at a low point.
  5. At 75, Askia Muhammad Aquil received the USF degree he started working on in 1966. He is shown here outside his office in Campbell Park on Feb. 9, 2021.
  6. A view from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  campus in front of the USF St. Pete University Student Center. The campus has felt the impact of rising housing costs.
  7. Aug. 1• The Education Gradebook
    Eckerd College president Damian J. Fernandez in November 2019. He announced in June that he would step down today.
  8. Outside Grant Park Christian Academy, a religious school in Tampa suing over federal policies on discrimination.
  9. The Holocaust museum condemned flags with swatiskas waved outside a Turning Point USA summit held at the Tampa Convention Center.
  10. Kennith Phillips, 54, was arrested by Tampa Police Department after fatally shooting his roommate. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Police Department).
  11. A 38 year old man suspected for 37 burglaries since April was arrested in his home.
  12. Nine-year-old Julian Ali died Friday after what police believe was an accidental shooting. Ali had been reported missing earlier in the year after running away twice. (Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department).
  13. The university announced Tuesday that it joined “an exclusive group of about 15 public universities around the country” that had spent over $1 billion on research.
  14. Saint Leo University's Leo the Lion sculpture, a gift from the Student Government Union, stands between Kirk Hall and the Donald R. Tapia College of Business on the Pasco County campus.
  15. Frank and Carol Morsani have donated to the University of South Florida for more than 45 years. Their latest gift of $7 million will create scholarships for students and positions in geriatrics and business.
  16. In this image from a University of Florida video, Ron Sachs discusses events that led him to challenge the state's abortion law in 1971 when he was editor of the Alligator student newspaper. Pictured at left is the list of abortion clinics and counseling centers that the Alligator published in what was said to be a violation of state law at the time.
  17. Chrisley Carpio, 30, of Tampa, left, and Victoria Hinckley, 20, of Tampa, speak to protesters Saturday afternoon during an abortion rights near the corner of E Fowler Avenue and N 56th Street in Temple Terrace.
  18. Steve Currall stepped down as University of South Florida president last July and took a 15-month professional development leave. Lately, he's been researching as a Harvard University visiting scholar.
  19. A look at the University Auditorium at the center of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. An investigation found the university was in compliance with principles of accreditation after allegations last year that it had stifled academic freedom.
  20. Kenneth F. “Frank” McKenzie, a retired Marine Corps general and former chief of U.S. Central Command based in Tampa, was named executive director of USF's new Global and National Security Institute on June 15, 2022.
  21. Gary Patterson will become University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus dean and serve as dean of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance.
  22. A rendering of the Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences building planned for the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus.
  23. People gather in front of the Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Midtown Center in St. Petersburg, one of 11 St. Petersburg College campuses in Pinellas County. The college is in a long-running dispute with its adjunct faculty.

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