Open for Business

The Warrington College of Business Administration officially unveiled Heavener Hall, the College’s new home for undergraduate business education, during its dedication ceremony Nov. 14.

Among the distinguished guests in attendance were University of Florida President Bernie Machen, Warrington Dean John Kraft, UF Chair of the Board of Trustees Steven Scott, UF Provost Joe Glover, College namesake Al Warrington (BSBA ’58), Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and James W. “Bill” Heavener (BSBA ’70), whose lead gift spearheads a $35 million initiative to invest in undergraduate business education.

Here’s a look back at one of the most anticipated days in the College’s history...

Strike Up the Band!: Guests were serenaded with some familiar tunes thanks to members of the University of Florida Marching Band. The band’s presence certainly set the tone for a festive occasion.

It’s Albert!: The most popular Gator at the event was...well…a Gator! Albert’s “photo booth” was rarely empty as students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and guests stopped by for a snapshot. Here’s Al (BSBA ’58) and Judy Warrington with Albert.

Gator Network at Work: More than 300 alumni, donors and friends attended the dedication. Guests were certainly in a celebratory mood as the College’s vision of having all three of its schools supported with major program endowments and state-of-the-art learning environments came to fruition.

Emotional Moments: When Bill Heavener took the podium, it was anything but a typical speech. He became emotional on a number of occasions, including thanking his family, mentor and Jacksonville businessman James Winston, and UF President Bernie Machen.

Stunning Surroundings: After the ribbon was cut, guests got their first peek at Heavener Hall. The 57,000-square-foot building will house all undergraduate programs and activities under one roof.

Class in Session: Heavener Hall’s state-of-the-art classrooms caught the attention of many alumni and donors. Here is MindTree co-founder Anjan Lahiri (MBA ’93) in the Anjan and Anupurba Lahiri Classroom.

A Son’s Pride: Charlie Lane went from bagging groceries at Publix to becoming the company’s Vice President. His son, Chip (BSBA ’75), hopes Heavener undergraduates can realize the same business success. Chip, pictured with his wife, Mary, named Heavener Hall’s Career & Leadership Development Suite in Charlie’s honor.

A Study in Support: Recognizing the need for collaborative and creative learning spaces, the Scarola Family supported one of Heavener Hall’s 16 study rooms. Each study room has a wall-size portrait of a business icon. Here are Rick (BSBA ’82) and Lynn Scarola in front of their study room. You can see a portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the background.