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Loyola receives $5 million gift to name Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning and support student aid

| By Stephanie Weaver
Jim Forbes, Constance Fernandez, President Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., and Mike Fernandez
From left to right: Jim Forbes, '90, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Constance Fernandez; President Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J.; and Mike Fernandez
Loyola University Maryland has received a $5 million gift from Miguel “Mike” and Constance Fernandez and the Fernandez Family Foundation to name the Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning and support need-based aid.

The gift will serve as a naming gift for Loyola's future Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning, which will be named the Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning. The Center, which will be located on Loyola’s Evergreen campus, will be a dynamic, state-of-the-art building where Loyola can advance its outcomes and reputation as a place for innovation. It will include active learning classrooms, an Idea Lab, an expanded Career Center, and innovative space for faculty.

“On behalf of today’s students and tomorrow’s, I want to extend our deep gratitude to Mike, Constance, and the Fernandez family for this extraordinary gift, which will be key to shaping an even brighter future for Loyola University Maryland,” said President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J. “This generous gift will truly make it possible for Loyola to inspire demand and continue to enhance the total education we deliver to each and every one of our students.”

Fernandez, an entrepreneur and innovator, is chief executive officer, founder, and chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., which invests in health care service companies throughout the United States. A resident of Coral Gables, Fla., Fernandez is a member of Loyola's Board of Trustees and delivered the 2018 Commencement address, where he was given an honorary degree.

Fernandez was born in Manzanillo, Cuba. On Christmas Eve in 1964, Fernandez, his parents, and his sister were arrested and deported to Mexico. After six months, they were granted entry to the United States through New York City. Fernandez attended Xavier, a Jesuit high school in Manhattan, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

“The Jesuit principles are the foundation and formation of who I am today,” Fernandez said. “I am inspired by the Jesuit ideal of ‘living for and with others.’ I hope future first-generation students at Loyola are inspired when they see an immigrant’s name on a campus building and know the impact they themselves can have on others in the future.”
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