Reading Into Giving

Trustee Martin Press and his wife Gail Press, philanthropists who named NSU's Health Professions Division Library

South Florida philanthropists Martin and Gail Press share a lifelong love of reading and libraries. On Monday, May 14, they perpetuated these passions among Nova Southeastern University students by naming the Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division (HPD) Library in a special ceremony at the Terry Building on the University’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

The couple met in college at Hofstra University where the library played an important role in their blossoming relationship. Mrs. Gail Press spent her career as a reading specialist. She started at Carol City High School motivating some of the toughest students to enjoy reading, before becoming a full-time professor at Miami-Dade College for over thirty years. She has dedicated her life to education.

Mr. Martin Press is an attorney with the law firm of Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms. He was the first board certified tax attorney in the State of Florida and has had a long, successful legal career focused on international tax law, federal and state tax controversies and estate planning. Mr. Press is often invited to speak on tax matters at some of the most recognized industry organizations and appears frequently in national media as a tax expert. He has been one of the leading tax litigators in the United States, appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court and receiving an honorable mention as Tax Person of the Year in the United States, as named by Tax Analysts, a non-profit tax publisher in 2014.

Over the past decade, he has been involved with NSU, dedicating much of his time and energy to the University's Board of Trustees. For more than 15 years, Mr. Press served as both chairman and vice-chairman of the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law’s Board of Governors.

The Presses were recently on campus on a Saturday night, stopping by the HPD library. “We were so impressed with what an active and vibrant place it was,” explained Mr. Press. “We saw students who were studying to be nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants, doctors of osteopathic medicine and so many other health specialties. Gail and I knew immediately that our support would impact these students, as well as people throughout Florida.”

“Gail and Martin's commitment to the HPD library will enable even more students to have the resources they need as they embark on critical careers in health care,” said NSU President Dr. George L. Hanbury. “There isn’t a better legacy than helping students learn so they can heal others.”