Business Publication Honors University Among Area Nonprofits

June 22, 2012

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Pictured: A scene from the 2012 Commencement for Center for Online Learning graduates, who are now among Saint Leo University's nearly 67,000 alumni.

Saint Leo University was honored this week along with other respected nonprofit organizations that are committed to making a positive difference, and that have demonstrated astute financial management.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal named Saint Leo as the top nonprofit among educational organizations at its 2012 Nonprofit of the Year Awards. Seven categories of nonprofit enterprises representing 37 different nonprofits were finalists represented this year. Success 4 Kids & Families Inc. was named the overall winner and the family services category winner.

Saint Leo was nominated in the education category along with AMIkids Inc., Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas Inc., Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc., Science & Technology Education Innovation Center (formerly the Science Center of Pinellas County Inc.), and Step Up For Students.

President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., spoke for the university at the event. "I am humbled by this, but I accept it happily on behalf of our trustees, our alumni, and especially our faculty and staff who are passionately committed to God, country, and community," Dr. Kirk said. "We are delighted by this affirmation."

The university's presence in Tampa Bay extends from University Campus in east Pasco County south to Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The university offers classes at St. Petersburg College, at the South Shore Campus of Hillsborough Community College, and in Tampa at both MacDill Air Force Base and at the university's own Tampa Education Center at 1120 East Kennedy Blvd. in the Channelside district. Additionally, the university employs more than 100 people at the Center for Online Learning Student Support Center, also at the East Kennedy address. The staff there assist students who are attaining their undergraduate degrees online. Online students can be located anywhere, from the Tampa Bay region to other states or even other countries.

An independent study conducted in 2010 by EconImpact LLC determined Saint Leo's total impact on the area was worth $264 million during just that year. It also found that alumni contributed $99 million in increased earnings and $39 million in social benefits, and that the university made net contributions of $2.2 million to Pasco County government in 2010.