UM Breaks Ground On New Kosar/Epstein

The University of Miami will break ground on the new Kosar/Epstein Faculty Office Wing, 3 p.m. Friday, September 20. Located at the School of Business Administration adjacent to the James L. McLamore Executive Education Center, 5250 University Drive, the faculty center is being made possible by a generous donation from former UM quarterback Bernie Kosar, Jr. and his business partner David Epstein.

Kosar, who personally negotiated all but one of his professional contracts, attributes his business success to the education he received at UM's School of Business Administration.

"Giving back to my alma mater is important to me," said Kosar, who is a member of the University's Board of Trustees. "At UM, I learned some excellent practices-on and off the field-that today have helped further my business ventures."

Kosar, a star quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist, earned a B.B.A. in 1985 from UM's School of Business Administration. In 1983, he led the Hurricanes to their first national championship while at the same time maintaining a high academic standing in the classroom.

Kosar's varied investments include a sports-themed greeting card company, Bernie Kosar Greeting Card. Co., 13 Arby's restaurants and Laundromax, a coin-laundry superstore chain. Epstein is co-founder of Precision Response Corporation (PRC), a global customer relationship management company, based in Weston, Fla. He is currently a managing partner in Presidential Capital Partners and Epko Investments. He and Kosar are part owners of the Florida Panthers hockey team. Epstein's father, Alan, attend UM, and in his name, PRC endowed the Alan S. Epstein Scholarship Fund at the UM School of Medicine.

"Training tomorrow's leaders begins with an outstanding faculty," said Epstein. "This new center will provide expanded resources for the UM Business School faculty." Dean Paul Sugrue said the event would also serve to kick-off the School of Business Administration's fundraising phase of the UM campaign.

"Bernie and David's generous contribution will help further improve our faculty facilities and the campus environment for the benefit of our students," said Sugrue. "This new center allows the School to expand the size of our faculty and maintain the needs of our students and evolving curriculum," he said.

UM President Donna E. Shalala will introduce the two donors at the event.

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