USF St. Pete business school named for woman

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A 78-year old woman raised in Germany and who emigrated to the U.S. with $30, and who later started and sold a successful surgical instrument company, is now the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s top benefactor.

The university announced Thursday that it received a $10 million gift to name its business school the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. The gift is by far the largest ever in USF St. Pete’s 49-year history and binds a successful entrepreneur and Pinellas County resident to a business college gaining national attention for its entrepreneur studies.

There are only a few business schools named for women scattered across the country. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the name change is effective immediately.


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