About Us

Mission & Philosophy

Stavros Center Building

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education works to advance the effective teaching and integration of free enterprise, financial literacy and economic education into the K-20 curricula. Providing resources in support of educators from across the Tampa Bay area, the Center provides teacher training programs, curricula development efforts and other strategies to ensure that free enterprise and consumer economics concepts reach students in today’s classrooms.

Throughout its more than 40-year history, the Stavros Center has been recognized for excellence in economic education at the local, state, and national levels. It has received numerous awards by the Florida Council on Economic Education for best programming in statewide competition. The Stavros Center also has the distinction of being awarded the coveted national Leavey Excellence in Private Enterprise Award on three separate occasions. During its history, more K-12 educators from USF have received state awards in the FCEE Governor’s Awards program than in any other region in the state.


Our Mission is to advance the effective teaching and integration of free enterprise, financial literacy, and economic education into the K-20 curricula.


The guiding philosophy of the USF Stavros Center is to establish strategic alliances and partnerships with the corporate community and school districts in support of K-20 economic education. This philosophy is reflected in the delivery of programs that rely heavily on collaboration between business and the Stavros Center.