USF alumnus Bill Mariotti, right, with mascot Rocky D. Bull and Ted Bogusz, Mariotti's friend and fellow alum.
SARASOTA, Fla. (May 15, 2017) – Bill Mariotti was enrolled at USF when his father plunged through a skylight at a demolition site, prompting swift changes at the family business, including a decision by Mariotti to delay college while his dad recuperated.
the longer he stayed away, the harder it became to go back. Weeks stretched
into months and months into years until longtime friend Ted Bogusz and others
urged him to finally return.
did just that, enrolling at USF Sarasota-Manatee after more than 30 years. In
December 2015, Mariotti earned his bachelor of science degree in general
business with a concentration in management and marketing.
then, his friends haven’t let up and Mariotti, still heeding their advice, has
remained as involved as ever: as an alumni booster, a member of USFSM’s
Community Leadership Council – a campus advisory group – chairman of USFSM’s fundraising arm, the
Campaign Leadership Committee, and as a member of the National Alumni Board and
House Corporation for Sigma Nu Fraternity in Tampa.
56 and president of the family-owned site development company, Mariotti is
taking his devotion to his alma mater to a new level.
careful estate planning and after consultations with friends and financial
experts, Mariotti has decided to donate $3.5 million – much of his estate – to
USF and USFSM after he passes on.
donation marks the largest individual contribution in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s
the atmosphere and tools for learning is very important for our future,” Mariotti
said. “Providing scholarships gives opportunities to those whom might not be
able to attend college by traditional methods.”
and raised in Sarasota, Mariotti says it’s important to support the hometown
said he came to the decision over the past year after reflecting on his life
and talking with friends and family, including sister, Debbie, who co-owns the
business with him. Mariotti has no children and said it made sense to leave a
legacy to an institution that’s been a community resource to young people for
more than 40 years.
Terry Osborn, interim regional chancellor of USFSM, said of the donation, “Bill
has been a tremendous supporter and friend of our campus for many years, and we
are so fortunate that he has decided to leave a lasting legacy for our students
through this planned gift.”
stipulated the donation be allocated to nine funds, including new funds named
for him, his father and his mother, to establish an endowed chair at USFSM’s
College of Business, a visiting scholar program at USF’s College of The Arts, and a fund to support construction of buildings on the USFSM campus.
funds establish a visiting scholar program at USFSM as well as support to the
Sigma Nu Fraternity. They also support scholarships for student-athletes,
business students and other students at USFSM and USF in Tampa.
personal story of perseverance and commitment is a remarkable one,” said USF
Foundation CEO Joel Momberg. “And it’s matched by his incredible generosity,
which is helping us reach our billion-dollar Unstoppable campaign goal. We’re
deeply grateful for everything Bill has done to make such a meaningful impact
across the USF System.”
Mariotti receives a plaque from Dr. Terry Osborn, far left, interim regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee.
largest share, 40 percent, will go toward the support of buildings on USFSM’s campus, and another 30 percent will support a fund named the Bill Mariotti Endowed
Chair in Business at USFSM’s College of Business.
funds are more specifically detailed here:
The Bill Mariotti Endowed Chair in
Business, which benefits the USFSM College of Business.
William E. Mariotti and William J. Mariotti Facilities Fund to support buildings
and facilities at USFSM.
Bill Mariotti Endowed Fund for Visiting Scholars, which supports visiting
scholars at the College of The Arts at USF in Tampa.
Carmen Mariotti & Bill Mariotti Fund for Visiting Scholars, supporting
visiting scholars at USFSM.
Bill Mariotti Endowed Sigma Nu Fraternity Scholarship.
Bill Mariotti Endowed Athletics Scholarship, a fund supporting student-athletes
across the USF System.
Bill Mariotti Endowed Business Scholarship, which benefits business students at
USF in Tampa.
Bill Mariotti Endowed USFSM Business Scholarship, benefitting business students
Bill Mariotti Endowed Scholarship, to support USFSM students.
From left, Dr. Mona Jain, USF System President Judy Genshaft, Bill Mariotti, and Dr. Anila Jain, a member of the USFSM Board of Directors.
your time is another way of giving back to the community, he said. Helping does
not always mean giving money.
are so many retirees in our area from all over the United States and globally
from a multitude of businesses and professions,” Mariotti said. “Their wealth
of knowledge and expertise is so beneficial to our students and the USF