Jeff & Aggie Stoops

The Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children was established by the Stoops Family Foundation Inc. to create and maintain valuable knowledge to support effective policies, services, and practical research that promote the well-being of communities, families, and children in Florida, the United States, and worldwide.

“This is a transformative gift that will significantly ramp up our ability to accomplish significant research, education and service. Our faculty and staff are very excited to launch this new center. We are grateful to the Stoops family for their ongoing support and counsel as we develop the business strategies to create sustainability and growth in the years ahead.”  – Jim Clark, FSU College of Social Work

The center was created to serve as an umbrella organization for several of the College of Social Work’s initiatives and centers. Clark said he hopes to enlist others to contribute to the work of the college’s latest endeavor.

“A critical dimension of the plan is to attract many other supporters and donors to add to this initial investment,” Clark said. “I’m confident that our alumni, stakeholders and other friends will contribute time and talent in the months ahead.”

Aggie and Jeff Stoops and the Stoops Family Foundation are longtime supporters of Florida State University and the Seminole Boosters. In 2004, Aggie and Jeff endowed two professorships, one at the College of Law (the Jeffrey A. Stoops Professorship) and another at the College of Social Work (the Agnes Flaherty Stoops Professor in Child Welfare).

In 2015, the Stoops Family Foundation endowed a scholarship program at the College of Law for exemplary students committed to pursuing business law.

Aggie and Jeff Stoops are both two-time graduates of Florida State. Aggie earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in 1982 and completed her master’s degree the following year. She is the chairwoman of the board for the Stoops Family Foundation, a private organization focused on medical, social services, educational and children’s causes.

Aggie also serves on the board of directors of HomeSafe, a South Florida-based nonprofit organization focused on protecting and advancing the interests of victims of child abuse and domestic violence.

Jeff Stoops earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from FSU and went on to receive his law degree from the FSU College of Law in 1984. He now serves as president and chief executive officer of SBA Communications Corporation, an S&P 500 company based in Boca Raton, Fla. 

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