Monika Vo (Saint Leo University) Presents WAC - Writing Across the Curriculum in Mathematics by Maanow Saint Leo University recently named Donald R. Tapia chair of the Board of Trustees. Tapia is one of Saint Leo’s most esteemed alumni. He is a highly successful entrepreneur and philanthropist and received all of his education at the university online. Tapia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration through Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning in 2005 and later returned to earn his Master of Business Administration degree at the university in 2007, also online.

Tapia was already a thriving businessman when he enrolled in the university’s online business administration program. He built Essco Wholesale Electric Inc. into one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in Arizona. Following his first visit to Saint Leo’s campus for his commencement in 2005, his relationship with the university grew. Tapia joined the board of trustees in 2006, and in April of 2010, he donated $4 million to the university. His $4 million gift is the largest donation in the university’s history. The gift is being used to construct a state-of-the-art facility that will house the university’s School of Business and will be named the Donald R. Tapia School of Business in appreciation of Tapia’s generous gift.

Donald R. Tapia School of Business

The facility will add 50,000 square feet to the university’s main campus, housing nine additional classrooms, a large lecture hall/board room, computer labs, and a broadcast technology suite. Its communications technology, interactive software and large touch-screen displays will enable students and faculty at University Campus to interact with their counterparts at Saint Leo’s teaching locations elsewhere. Students who are not business majors and are enrolled in majors through Saint Leo’s other schools will also benefit from this new facility. The academic center that will house the Donald R. Tapia School of Business is scheduled for completion this August, in time for the start of the 2011 fall semester.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University was established in 1889 in the town of Saint Leo, Florida approximately 30 miles north of Tampa. It is a private, non-profit Roman Catholic university. Saint Leo currently enrolls more than 15,000 students and offers more than 41 academic programs. Students may choose to study at the traditional University Campus, at 17 regional education centers, or through the university’s Center for Online Learning. Saint Leo is a leader in the field of online education and one of the nation’s foremost providers of higher education to the military.

About Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning

Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning was established in October of 1998 to meet the growing needs of adult students who are both computer savvy and accustomed to multimedia presentations. The Center for Online Learning offers the best attributes of traditional classroom education in conjunction with today’s cutting-edge technology.

It began with 12 students and now has more than 3,000 matriculated students. The university’s Center for Online Learning provides students with the opportunity to advance their education without having to travel to a traditional campus. As a result, it has active students around the world. All of its students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students.

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