This coverage originally appeared on WUFT.org, UF’s student produced newscast.
Video story by Tonia Borsellino, WUFT
A $50 million donation is paving the way for a new generation of engineers at the University of Florida.
The Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation donated the money to kick off a $300 million funding project taking place over the next five years. The gift is the largest cash donation in the university’s history and put the Wertheim name on both the College of Engineering and the planned Engineering Innovation facility.
Sporting orange-and-blue brogues, a turquoise belt buckle and a bright red fedora, “Herbie” and his wife Nicole arrived to the announcement ceremony as the Florida band played and a tunnel of Gator-colored fedora-clad students and faculty welcomed them. UF President Kent Fuchs and Cammy Abernathy, dean of the now Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering joined him…