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USF honors college named for Judy Genshaft will get new building soon

So far, $43 million has been pledged and received, including $20 million from the former USF president and her husband.

Initial construction has begun on the new Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida.

The five-story, 85,000-square-foot building soon will rise on USF Genshaft Drive, north of the Muma College of Business. It will feature classrooms, study areas, faculty and advisor offices, event spaces, a computer lab and performance spaces.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. Construction is projected to be finished by late fall 2022.

The college, which was created in 2002 and later named after Genshaft, the former USF president, has raised $43 million in private gifts for the building. Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, announced an initial donation of $20 million in May 2019. The project’s total cost will come to $54 million, so fundraising efforts will continue, the university said in a news release Monday.

A rendering of the new honors college building to be constructed soon at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It was designed by New York-based Morphosis Architects and FleischmanGarcia of Tampa. Former USF president Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, donated $20 million toward the building in 2019. [Courtesy of USF]
A rendering of the new honors college building to be constructed soon at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It was designed by New York-based Morphosis Architects and FleischmanGarcia of Tampa. Former USF president Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, donated $20 million toward the building in 2019. [Courtesy of USF]

“Having a world-class honors college is just one more way USF will distinguish itself as one of the most elite and forward-thinking institutions in the world,” Genshaft said in a statement when the project was announced in 2019. “The Honors College is special because of its inclusiveness, representing the best and brightest students from all academic units across all of our USF campuses.”

The college houses 2,200 students and expects that number to grow to 3,000 after the new building is completed.

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