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Retired Raymond James CFO Pippenger named philanthropist of year for USF business gifts

Lynn Pippenger, former chief financial officer of Raymond James and the namesake of the USF St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business building, was selected as "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Shown at the center of this 2015 photo, Pippenger (center) is surrounded by, to her right, executive Tom James of Raymond James Financial, USF president Judy Genshaft, Tampa's USF Muma College of Business dean Moez Limayem and  Uday Murthy, right, the accountancy school's director. Pippenger donated $10 million to the School of Accountancy at USF, which now bears her name.  [ Rachel Crosby | Times]
Lynn Pippenger, former chief financial officer of Raymond James and the namesake of the USF St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business building, was selected as "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Shown at the center of this 2015 photo, Pippenger (center) is surrounded by, to her right, executive Tom James of Raymond James Financial, USF president Judy Genshaft, Tampa's USF Muma College of Business dean Moez Limayem and Uday Murthy, right, the accountancy school's director. Pippenger donated $10 million to the School of Accountancy at USF, which now bears her name. [ Rachel Crosby | Times]
Published Oct. 26, 2017

sRetired Raymond James Financial chief financial officer Lynn Pippenger, whose name adorns the recently opened centerpiece building at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business on the campus of USF St. Petersburg, was named Thursday as the "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

"It is a great honor and I'm quite surprised I was even thought of for this distinction," Pippenger stated during a breakfast at USFSP honoring her selection.

The school is one of a handful nationwide in which both a business college and its building are named for women.

PAST COVERAGE: With $10 million gift, USF School of Accountancy now bears name of donor Lynn Pippenger.

Pippenger attended USFSP during the 1980s, and last year gave a $5 million gift to the university to support merit scholarships for full- and part-time undergraduate students who are studying accounting and finance.

She has also given more than $21 million to USF Muma College of Business in Tampa. Earlier this year, Pippenger and donor Tiedemann seeded $250,000 each to fund the new Wealth Management Center at USFSP, where students apply real-world investment skills in managing an IRA, trading stocks and managing clients' wealth. In 2014, Tiedemann donated $10 million to USF St. Petersburg, prompting the naming of the business college in her name. And in 2015, USF's School of Accountancy was named for Pippenger.