College of Law receives $1.2M gift from Spak family

Retired lawyer and businessman Theodore “Ted” Spak and his wife Rosalind invested in FIU College of Law before it ever welcomed its first class of students.  Once again, the Spaks made history with a $1.2 million planned gift – the College of Law’s largest endowment to date.

Their most recent gift will significantly expand the Theodore and Rosalind Spak Scholarship Endowment, which will provide scholarships to students who are seeking a career in law. In recognition of the Spaks’ generosity, the first floor of the Law Library has been named the Theodore and Rosalind Spak Information Commons.

The Spaks have a long history of leadership and generosity with FIU. Their contributions have been many and range from being founding supporters of both FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and FIU’s Football program, to donating an art collection to the Frost Art Museum, to helping establish the Albert Morrison Jr. Scholarship Endowment which supports students in the School of Accounting through the Albert Morrison Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Ted Spak also served on the FIU Foundation Board of Directors from 1984 to 2009 and was named an emeritus director in 2010. The Spak’s support of FIU’s College of Law began in 1997, when the couple established their scholarship endowment – five years before the college even opened to students in 2002.

“On behalf of the College of Law, I want to thank the Spak family for their generous contribution which will benefit both our current and future students,” said R. Alexander Acosta, dean of the College of Law at FIU. “They believed in the College of Law before its doors were opened and their continued support is a testament to the quality legal education we provide here at FIU.”

The Theodore and Rosalind Spak Information Commons was officially dedicated on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

“Rosalind and I always knew that FIU had great potential and we are glad to be able to help build upon its solid foundation,” said Ted Spak. “We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the College of Law!”


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