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FSU’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship to become the nation’s first stand-alone college of entrepreneurship

Florida State University’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will become the university’s newest college. The Friday, Nov. 1 announcement by the Board of Trustees marks the success of the Jim Moran School since its inception in 2017.

After the unanimous vote, the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship will become the nation’s first stand-alone college of entrepreneurship. The approval from the Board of Trustees is the result of a series of successful votes from numerous university boards and councils. The name change is reflective of the college’s ability to grant graduate degrees moving forward. 

“Entrepreneurship is one of Florida State’s strategic goals and having the nation’s first stand-alone college of entrepreneurship signals our strong commitment to that goal,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are so thankful to Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation for their generosity in helping us fulfill this vision.”

The school of entrepreneurship was originally founded with a $100 million dollar gift from Jan Moran and the Jim Moran Foundation in December 2015. In 2017, the school welcomed its first class of just 80 students and watched them receive their degrees in the spring of 2019. The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship was the nation’s first stand-alone school of entrepreneurship at a public university.  

Since then, the school has experienced a rapid amount of growth and now encompasses three undergraduate majors including social, commercial and retail entrepreneurship as well as a new Master of Science degree program in Retail Entrepreneurship. The graduate program, which welcomed its first class this fall, offers a unique opportunity for students to major in textiles and apparel entrepreneurship. 

The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship is FSU’s 17th college at the main campus. It is the university’s first new college since the creation of the College of Applied Studies in 2010 at the Panama City campus. 

Jim Moran professor and new dean of the College of Entrepreneurship, Susan Fiorito, was the college’s founding director. She is credited with spearheading the transition from school to college status. 

“So many people including faculty and staff have been involved to make this happen,” she said. “It started with Jim Moran’s entrepreneurial legacy and Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation’s generous gift, Jan’s continued guidance and university leaders who believe in and facilitate our success.”

Melvin Stith, emeritus dean of FSU’s College of Business, built a friendship with the Morans, which ultimately led to many generous financial gifts from the couple. The Morans gifted a $1 million donation in 1995 to establish the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. 

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