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Longtime USF supporters Pam and Les Muma give $25 million, the single largest individual gift in the university's history, to the USF College of Business.

The university's athletics center is renamed in honor of Lee Roy Selmon, the first athletic director at USF, after he passes away.

The new Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center opens to the public. As the hub of student life on the USF Tampa campus, the center features an expanded dining center, food court, a 1,200 seat ballroom, meeting spaces and lounges.

Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel pledge $18 million to USF. With the state match, the gift is valued at $34.5 million, the largest gift in USF history. The gift will be used to construct the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions.

The Board of Trustees approves for USF to become a system.

USF is admitted into the Big East Conference.

Judy Genshaft takes office as the sixth president of USF.

USF is named by the Florida Board of Regents as a "Research I" university, along with the University of Florida and Florida State.

USF begins its first-ever season of NCAA football. The Bulls, playing in Division I-AA, open with an 80-3 win at Raymond James Stadium over Kentucky Wesleyan before 49,000 fans.

The Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center opens.

Betty Castor becomes the fifth president of USF.

The Colleges of Arts & Letters, Natural Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences are merged into a new college: the College of Arts and Sciences. CAS becomes the largest college on the USF campus.

Francis T. Borkowski begins his term as the fourth USF president.
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