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St. Thomas U. gets $3 million gift

Unrestricted donation from Frank E. Murphy Foundation called 'transformational'

MIAMI GARDENS | St. Thomas University has received a $3 million unrestricted gift from the Frank E. Murphy Foundation to be used to further new initiatives at the archdiocesan-sponsored university.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this transformational gift,” said St. Thomas University President David A. Armstrong. “An unrestricted gift of this magnitude is an opportunity to move our university forward, accelerate our momentum, and fuel our progress. The impact of this gift reaches across the University touching countless lives.”

Frank E. Murphy, CEO of University Housing Solutions, is a proponent of education for people of all ages. He began his professional career as a high school teacher, and founded UHS in 2007. UHS is one of the premier developers of college and university residential facilities in the United States.

“We believe in President Armstrong and his ability to take St. Thomas into its next chapter of growth,” said Murphy. “We are very proud to support him, the faculty, staff, and most importantly the students of St. Thomas University.”

During the first 10 months of Armstrong’s presidency, St. Thomas launched a football and marching band program, began construction on the Gus Machado School of Business and started an Ethical Leadership Program.

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