$4 Million Donation Attracts Media

May 03, 2010

$4 Million Donation Attracts MediaAs news spread that online alumnus Don Tapia ’05, ’07 has made a $4 million gift to help the university construct at 21st century home for the School of Business, a variety of news outlets contacted Saint Leo to do follow-up stories about the university’s plans and the fascinating personal story of our donor.

Reporter Alcides Segui of WTVT Fox 13 Television in Tampa conducted interviews with Mr. Tapia and University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. for the station’s Monday May 3 morning show, which included several live shots from the main campus. Mr. Tapia discussed going back to school in his 60s, and Dr. Kirk outlined the importance of the donation to the building campaign, and the significance of the building to students.

Tampa Tribune columnist Tom Jackson also visited with Mr. Tapia, his young fraternity brothers on campus, and university administrators during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. The result was a lively column appearing Sunday, May 2, in the newspaper’s Pasco County section that captured Mr. Tapia’s entrepreneurial energy and his affection for Saint Leo. Jackson also wrote enthusiastically about the technological capabilities being designed into the Donald R. Tapia Building.

The Washington Post, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Associated Press also were among the many news organizations that covered the story.

View the Fox 13 Tampa television feature.
Read the Tribune coverage.

Read the St. Petersburg Times story.

Read The Washington Post coverage.