Green, along with his wife Dorothea Green, daughter Kimberly Green and the Green Family Foundation, has made a $20 million gift to help propel the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs forward as one of the world's top academic centers dedicated to international understanding, economic development, peace, and security.
In furtherance of the Green Family's commitment, FIU has also renamed its Latin American and Caribbean Center to the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and established the Kimberly Green Scholarship and Dorothea Green Lecture Series Fund.
"I think the interconnectivity of the world today is so close that unless people have a knowledge of other cultures and other political systems, we're never going to have a peaceful world," said Steven J. Green, a global entrepreneur who is the Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Miami and the current Chairman and CEO of Greenstreet Partners. "To make a political difference, to make a social difference, you have to integrate many factors of lifestyle — health, safety, governance and laws. The School of International and Public Affairs deals with the integration of these ideas and truly creates a platform for tomorrow's leaders."
During his term as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore from 1997-2001, Green spearheaded strategic programs that enhanced U.S.-Singapore alliances in economic development, intellectual property, immigration and national security. Now, the international philanthropist, businessman and former CEO of Samsonite Corp. will lead the efforts of The Green School's Strategic Advisory Board to involve top philanthropic, political and diplomatic leaders throughout the world.
As part of the gift, an endowment will be established to support academic, research and public affairs initiatives focused on transnational studies, international institutions and security policy in the Americas. The gift will also support the construction of a state-of-the-art building that will help unify all of the school's resources into a single location, fostering collaboration, interdisciplinary innovation and student success by providing space for cutting-edge research, diplomatic meetings, international gatherings and more.
"This gift reinforces FIU's destiny as a preeminent center for international education and global problem-solving," said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. "Naming The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs recognizes the family's long-term commitment to FIU, to international education and to being global solution providers."
The gift will also support the school's pursuit of membership in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).
Over the last 25 years, the Green Family has helped shape FIU by supporting The Steven and Dorothea Green Library and the Frost Art Museum, creating art lecture series, and preserving history through the Digital Library of the Caribbean. They also forever changed the way FIU teaches medicine through the university's groundbreaking Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
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SOURCE Florida International University