Campaign Leadership Cabinet Members Help Establish New Program and Scholarships

NSU Campaign Leadership Cabinet members James and Cathy Donnelly

James and Cathy Donnelly surprised attendees at NSU’s 2016 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction with news of a $250,000 gift to Realizing Potential—The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University. James Donnelly, a 2014 Hall of Fame honoree and founder and chief executive officer of Castle Group, closed the event by announcing the gift will establish a new minor in property management as well as provide scholarships for undergraduates enrolling in the program at H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

With their more than 40 years of combined experience running Castle Group (Cathy serves as director of community relations), the Donnellys say they came to recognize a shortage of talent entering the property management industry. They chose NSU to develop and deliver a specialized curriculum to help graduates excel in this field and to attract top talent to the industry.

“The addition of this new minor will set us apart from other business schools,” said J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., dean of NSU’s Huizenga College of Business. “We also expect it to help keep students in South Florida because there’s such a demand for employees with property management skills.”

Leveraging James Donnelly’s expert advice, Fred Forgey, director of the Huizenga College’s Real Estate Development Program, is designing the new minor. The program is anticipated to include a three-credit Property Management Internship and separate courses in residential and commercial property management.

“James and I both believe that NSU can help many local youth realize their potential to excel in the field of property management and provide quality service to thousands of South Florida residents and business owners,” said Cathy Donnelly.

The Donnellys serve together on NSU’s Campaign Leadership Cabinet. The cabinet is comprised of community leaders who have committed their time, energy and personal generosity to champion NSU’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The philanthropic campaign goal is $250 million with $125 million of that total to be directed towards students, $75 million for faculty and $50 million designated for 21st century education.