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Jenkins elevates Jesuit gift to $5 million

Jenkins elevates Jesuit gift to $5 million

Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. announced on April 3 that Richard "Steve" Jenkins ’75 has made his second gift of $2.5 million to Jesuit High School!

Having previously made a transformational $2.5 million gift to Jesuit in 2017, Jenkins and his wife, Carole, now have given the school more than $5 million!

For years, Jenkins has demonstrated exemplary leadership and generosity in helping advance the mission of Jesuit, and Wednesday morning before more than 850 Jesuit students in the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Father Hermes spoke about Jenkins' tremendous contribution to the school and announced the new $2.5 million gift – elevating Jenkins’ lifetime generosity to the school above $5.3 million!

(Pictured on the homepage is Jesuit development director Nick Suszynski '98 with the Jenkins' and Father Hermes.)

“We are honored today to continue our commitment to Jesuit's vision of service to our community,” said Jenkins, who lives in Tampa. “Jesuit was a transformational experience for me, and we feel it is so important to support the school, not only in its focus on academic excellence but also the core values that are so important to Jesuit and will guide these young men throughout their lives.”

Jenkins is the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Beach Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is just the second benefactor to achieve $5 million in giving to the school. In 2023, Lauren and Chris Schellman, P ’20, ’24, ’27, who for years have been generous supporters of Jesuit, made a momentous $5 million gift, the largest single donation in school history.

Jenkins’ gift will be used to help advance the next phases of Jesuit’s Campus Master Plan, notably the Jenkins Science Center to be named in his honor – Jenkins was a Chemistry major at the University of Florida – as well as a new Student Activities Center, Dining Hall, and Press Box. In 2017, Jesuit established the Richard Stephen Jenkins Award for Superior Achievement in Science, which annually recognizes a student for excellence in the most rigorous courses offered by the Jesuit science department.

Jenkins’ $2.5 million gift in 2017 played a critical role in the first phase of Jesuit’s Campus Master Plan, helping the school add personnel, create new programs, and build facilities such as Gonzmart Hall, Holy Cross Chapel, Oliva Courtyard, and the Antinori Center for the Arts.