Endowed Professorships & Chairs

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Fredric G. Levin College of Law

Hugh F. Culverhouse Eminent Scholar Chair in Federal Taxation

History

Hugh Franklin Culverhouse, Sr., known as an expert in the field of taxation, was a lawyer, land developer, professional football team owner and philanthropist.

A Birmingham native, he enrolled at the University of Alabama and earned a bachelor's degree in 1941. From 1941 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He returned to the university after his discharge and completed his law degree. He served as assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama from 1947 to 1949. He spent more than 10 years with the IRS after serving in the Korean War, which is what brought him to Jacksonville where he opened his private law practice in 1962.

Culverhouse was an attorney with the district council of the IRS in Cincinnati, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Miami. He was a senior member of the law firm of Culverhouse & Botts in Tampa.

In December 1974, Culverhouse was awarded the franchise for the National Football League expansion team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration bears his name as a testament to his generosity and charitable work. He is also known for his involvement and contributions to family and children's welfare.

In 1976, he was President Gerald Ford's representative, with the title of U.S. Ambassador, at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. He received the Champions of Higher Education in Florida Award and was the first to receive the Florida Enterprise Medal in 1984.

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