Editor’s note: The story here is part of a series of 40 stories commemorating USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 40th anniversary this academic year. For more about USFSM’s history, please visit usfsm.edu/anniversary.
Dr. Anila Jain’s support for USF Sarasota-Manatee might be called “a family affair.”
Her mother, Dr. Mona Jain, is a Fulbright scholar and winner of USF’s Distinguished Alumna Award and USFSM’s Distinguished Professional Achievement Award.
Her father, Kailash Jain, is an honorary Bull and both parents are life members of the President’s Council for their generous support of USF and USFSM.
Daughter Anila, a physician and medical consultant, seems to be following right in her parents’ footsteps.
“My parents have always been very, very supportive of education, even in India before they came here,” she said.
Which is fortunate for USFSM because the campus has benefitted tremendously from Dr. Jain’s dedicated support for more than 30 years.
A former president of the USF National Alumni Association, Dr. Jain, USF class of ’81, is a recipient of both the USF and USFSM Distinguished Alumna awards.
She helped launch USFSM’s alumni chapter in 1984, serving as its president, and in later years lent her talents to the Community Leadership Council, advising deans and chancellors. She was among the earliest members of the Brunch on the Bay organizing committee and served as co-chair with Tracy O’Neill at the most recent Brunch.
If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Jain serves on the board of directors for the Bulls Club booster organization, chairs the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy program and has been involved in system-wide search committees and fundraising drives to build up USFSM’s campus.
As might be expected, Dr. Jain’s calendar is full most nights – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’ve always been a person that’s involved. I guess that’s my personality,” she said. “I think it’s important to do whatever you can to make a difference, whether it means giving of your money, time or talents. No matter the amount or form of the gift, it will make a difference in the lives of USF students.”
One other factor accounts for her longtime support: “I’m a USF Tampa grad, but I’ve always been involved here at USFSM because Manatee County has been my hometown for more than 50 years and I want to give back,” she said. “It’s so important to support our hometown campus.”