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At FIU, our donors are our partners. Private support ensures that we are able to provide critical financial support to help our students succeed; fund research that is improving the lives of our community and abroad while pushing the boundaries of discovery; and develop innovative programming and curricula that put FIU at the forefront of teaching and learning. Take a moment to meet just a few of those who are investing in our university.


Chad Moss
Pictured: Chad Moss '94

Chad Moss '94

Last year, alumnus Chad Moss '94 and his family made a $10 million gift to FIU's school of construction to support student scholarships and provide funding to hire world-class faculty; recruit top graduate and undergraduate students; advance research and innovation at the school; and offer safety and skills workshops and continuing education programs to the South Florida community. 

In recognition of this landmark gift – the largest ever made by an alumnus – the school was renamed in his honor as the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability. 

Moss, the executive vice president of Moss & Associates, credits much of his success to his FIU education. He feels the university provided not only him, but many of the FIU graduates his company has hired, with a solid foundation in the construction management profession. Read more about Chad Moss >

Isabel Quintana

When longtime professor of architecture Nicolas Quintana passed away in 2011, his wife, Isabel Quintana, knew she had to do something to commemorate his dedication to the university and to his profession. In honor of their mutual love for FIU, she set up a scholarship in his name for students studying architecture in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

“He loved FIU, and I love FIU,” Mrs. Quintana said, adding that architecture students’ commitment to their studies and their craft made her husband proud to be their professor. “They have done wonderful things here at FIU. I was first here 20-some years ago, so I have seen FIU growing up and growing into a beautiful thing.”

Mrs. Quintana with scholarship recipients Diego Suarez and Vanessa Estevez
Pictured: Mrs. Quintana, center, with scholarship recipients Diego Suarez, left, and Vanessa Estevez, right

“The truth is FIU gave me an opportunity that no other four-year school could, either financially or distance-wise. What FIU did for me and, subsequently, for my life and career, I can never repay. So, my time, talent and treasure go only to the Panther Nation!” Eduardo Hondal '88, MS '00

Rosalie and Walter Goldberg
Pictured: Rosalie and Walter Goldberg

Walter and Rosalie Goldberg

Professor Emeritus Walter Goldberg entered FIU in its infancy in the 1970s and spent nearly 40 years here teaching courses in general biology, oceanography and zoology. As his career blossomed alongside the young university, he saw areas of need in both FIU and the field of biology research.

So, when it came time to consider where he and his wife might establish a legacy, he naturally thought of FIU. Together, the couple established the Walter and Rosalie Goldberg Professorship in Tropical Ecology in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education. The university will use the new position to attract someone interested in working to solve the many challenges facing ecosystems across the world. In addition to researching and advancing potential solutions for tropical ecology’s biggest issues, the person who fills the professorship will act as the spokesperson for these issues at FIU. Read more about the Goldbergs >

Drs. Yolangel Hernandez Suarez and Jeffrey Simmons

Drs. Yolangel Hernandez Suarez and Jeffrey Simmons made a $2 million gift to FIU Embrace to establish the Simmons+Hernandez Suarez Fellowship Program. The fellowship will support professionals who take an interdisciplinary approach to solving the complex and multi-faceted issues facing adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

For the couple, the mission of FIU Embrace is very personal: Hernandez Suarez, the vice president for clinical innovation at Conviva Care Solutions, and Simmons, a cardiologist and an executive at Humana, have two children who are participants in FIU Embrace. The two doctors are former faculty members of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and among the founders of FIU Embrace. Read more about FIU Embrace >

Drs. Jeffrey Simmons and Yolangel Hernandez Suarez
Pictured: Drs. Jeffrey Simmons and Yolangel Hernandez Suarez