Charles GeschkeDr. Charles Geschke and his wife Nan at the Rossi Chair announcement celebration.

Inaugural Holder of Rossi Chair Installed

The USF community recently celebrated the installation of Adobe Systems co-founder Charles Geschke, PhD, as the inaugural holder of the Rev. P. Carlo Rossi, S.J. Entrepreneurial Chair.

Established by the late Robert Wall ’54 and C. Allen Wall ’47 to honor their late uncle, the chair is a perpetual statement of gratitude for the role Fr. Rossi and USF played in the lives of the Wall children, while also supporting the important role of the Jesuit tradition in entrepreneurship. Fr. Rossi was a long-time member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus and professor at USF.

“Dr. Geschke is not only a successful inventor, innovator, entrepreneur, business leader, and philanthropist, he is also a man of sincere faith,” said Mike Duffy, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. “He will serve as mentor for our students and faculty, illustrating that high achievement in business and in society stems from a solid foundation of faith and ethics.”

Geschke, who previously served as chairman of the USF Board of Trustees, will serve as a guest lecturer in undergraduate, graduate, and executive business classes.

The Rossi Chair is the first chair established in partnership with the Geschke/Getty Distinguished Faculty Fund. Established in 2006 by the Geschkes and Gordon and Ann Getty, this fund provides matching grants to attract and support dynamic faculty in disciplines identified by the president as having maximum impact in achieving the university’s mission. The Geschke/Getty Fund is also providing matching funds for the Richard C. Blum Chair in Asian Studies and the Hamill Family Chair in the School of Law.