Plenary I: Transformational Philanthropy
Moez Limayem, Dean, University of South Florida, Muma College of Business
Moez Limayem is a scholar-researcher whose passion for encouraging relevant business research goes hand-in-hand with his data analysis expertise, teaching acumen, and visionary thinking. The dean of the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business has enhanced the college’s profile, increased resources, built demand, and strengthened relationships with alumni and business leaders. As a result, the college has received several transformational gifts. As an administrator, Limayem streamlined the college’s infrastructure and helped faculty members land national research grants, bolstering the college’s research profile. As a scholar, Limayem has received many awards and published dozens of articles, many on technology and its intersection with consumers.
Pam and Les Muma, Philanthropists
Les and Pam Muma’s $25 million b-school naming gift - the largest donation in USF's history - made an indelible mark. But, this is far from the only display of the successful entrepreneurs’ generosity. The couple made gifts to support USF Athletics and USF Health/Tampa General Hospital, which features the Muma Chair of Neonatology at USF Health, the Lisa Muma Weitz Cell Laboratory at USF Health and the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at TGH. That $25 million transformational gift brought their total giving to $41.2 million, making them the largest donors in USF's history. Last year, the Mumas closed USF’s multi-year fundraising campaign by making a surprise $15 million gift - $5 million to the b-school. They have received numerous awards for their service, philanthropy and civic engagement.
Steve Oscher, Managing Director, Oscher Consulting, P.A.
Steven S. Oscher is the managing director of Oscher Consulting, P.A., a CPA firm providing investigative services and financial analyses to the legal community. Oscher earned a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of South Florida, is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and has been accredited in Business Valuations and Financial Forensics by the American Institute of CPAs. Oscher’s research for his doctoral dissertation focused on transformational philanthropy and allowed him to explore four key elements (passion, vision, trust and relationships) of a donor’s motivation to provide a transformational gift to a specific organization.
Lorie Briggs, Director, Communications & Marketing, University of South Florida, Muma College of Business
Lorie Briggs is the director of communications and marketing for the Muma College of Business. She handles media relations, marketing, special events, social media, public relations, and whatever-else-the-dean-assigns tasks. She has been at USF since 2006. Briggs worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for 14 years, eventually serving as vice president for community relations. She handled volunteer recruitment, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing. She earned bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1988 from USF. In 2013, she earned a master’s degree in media studies. Briggs occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor, teaching Intro to Public Relations Writing.