She is a fierce trailblazer for countless institutions, organizations and causes including her alma mater, UF. She has created and supported several efforts to enhance the institution since 1981.
“Anita is a true agent of change for education with an unparalleled commitment to its advancement,” said UF College of Education, Dean Glenn Good. “She has, and will remain, a passionate and pivotal voice in driving transformation in the field and creating opportunities for all to strive and succeed.”
In 2011, Zucker donated $1 million to establish the Anita Zucker professorship for Early Childhood Studies at the College, and in 2014, she also gifted $5 million, the largest gift to-date by an individual, to forward the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.
“I am a champion for all education, however the child’s early years are so critically important to the foundation for learning that every child needs,” Zucker said. “This is when the greatest progress happens.”
In her honor, the center was renamed the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.