2016 marked another memorable year at the Warrington College of Business. The College was honored for its academic excellence, its alumni were recognized for their success and generosity, and a familiar and influential figure announced his departure.

Take a look back at an exciting year at Warrington as the College gears up for 2017.


Gator100 Awards

The College was well-represented at the 2nd Annual Gator100 Awards, which celebrates the world’s 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni.

The No. 1-ranked company, Orangetheory Fitness, a Fort Lauderdale-based fitness franchise, was again led by a Warrington alumnus. Dave Long (BHS ’00, MSM ’01) guided Orangetheory Fitness to a compounded annual growth rate of 147.49 percent over the past three years.

The Warrington College of Business led all UF colleges with 37 companies represented by its alumni, including eight in the top 20.

A Global Success

The Heavener School of Business further established itself as a global leader among undergraduate business schools by hosting its first-ever international case competition.

The Heavener International Case Competition welcomed 20 teams from around the world, testing their abilities to develop viable solutions to business-related problems. Schools from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the U.S. participated.

Queensland University of Technology (Australia) won the inaugural event.

US News, Financial Times laud UF MBA Program

UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business was recognized for its program quality by two premier publications.

The Financial Times ranked UF MBA’s Online Program No. 3 in the world and No. 1 among all U.S. programs. The Online Program was praised for its career services, program delivery, online interaction, and increase in salary among its students.

Among the top 75 programs to appear in U.S. News & World Report’s full-time rankings, UF MBA was the nation’s only program to rank in the top 10 in admissions selectivity (fifth), employment three months after graduation (seventh) and employment at graduation (10th).

Alumni couple receive special honor

Ken (BSBA ’72, MBA ’73, Ph.D. ’81) and Linda McGurn (BSBA ’73, JD ’78) received the Lifetime Volunteers Award during the University of Florida Academy of Golden Gators celebration.

The Academy of Golden Gators reflects UF’s aspiration to be one of the most influential and impactful universities by recognizing philanthropists whose courage to care enables UF to touch lives throughout the world. The academy honors the generosity and vision of donors and volunteers who embody the spirit of the University of Florida family.

Ken and Linda are generous and dedicated members of the Warrington community, and have been integral to the funding of innovative initiatives at the College as well as revitalizing downtown Gainesville through their business ventures.


Kraft says 2016-17 will be his last as Dean

Dr. John Kraft, who has served as Warrington’s Dean since 1990, announced his intention to step down after the 2016-17 academic year.

Dr. Kraft’s affiliation with the College goes back nearly 50 years, beginning with his appointment as an assistant professor of economics in 1970. As Dean, he’s been essential to the College’s growth in entrepreneurship, distance learning, international programs, research, and faculty quality.

A new dean is expected to be announced in Spring 2017.

A new leader for Heavener undergraduates

Dr. Alex Sevilla was named Associate Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business.

He replaced Dr. Brian Ray, who guided the Heavener School for 17 years and developed the undergraduate program into one of the nation’s best.

Dr. Sevilla had been UF MBA’s director since 2003, guiding the program to impressive heights. He said enhancing the undergraduate student experience, implementing the College’s new career initiative, and creating impactful experiential learning opportunities are his utmost priorities.

Real estate center namesake receives UF’s highest alumni honor

Kelley A. Bergstrom (MBA ’68) received UF’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

UF’s Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor UF can bestow on its alumni. The Award signifies a graduate’s contributions in his or her chosen field or outstanding service to UF.

Bergstrom’s philanthropy and leadership has been essential to the College’s growth in real estate. He established a major endowment in 2006 at the College’s real estate center—now named the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies—to enhance program quality and provide much-needed resources for its faculty. The College’s undergraduate real estate program is ranked No. 5 among U.S. public programs, and the research of Drs. Wayne Archer and David Ling has been presented and published worldwide.


Alumnus selected to lead UF MBA

John Gresley (M.Ed. ’04, MBA ’13) was named Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs.

Gresley has been an integral member of UF MBA since joining the program in 2008. He most recently served as Director of Student Affairs, where he led the student affairs operations for UF MBA’s “MBA for Professionals” program, which includes the Executive and Professional programs.

Impact of Heavener Career Week growing

The fourth installment of Heavener Career Week, a week-long program allowing undergraduate students to network with employers and enhance their career readiness, was the program’s most successful to date.

More than 1,200 students—about 1 of every 3 Heavener students— attended the event. Here’s how much Heavener Career Week has grown since its inaugural event in Spring 2015.

  Student Attendance Employers Attending Employer Sessions
Fall 2016 1,208 36 73
Spring 2015 352 17 27

The Spring 2017 event is scheduled for Jan. 23-27.

Investing in the future

The College completed one of its most extensive “makeovers” ever which offers our students and scholars an even more impactful Warrington experience.

Almost $2 million worth of renovations were completed, impacting every building on the Warrington campus.

More than half of the work was done in Bryan Hall, which is more than 100 years old. Room 130 was transformed into a spacious, theatre-style classroom fit for academic and professional meetings, the Bergstrom Center relocated into a new 2,200-square-foot facility with five offices and a professional conference room, and staff offices and research centers were also refurbished.