Florida Southern College dedicated a new administrative building that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Jeffrey Baker, naming it the Sharon and Jim France Admission Center. Overlooking Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, the building has been named for legendary racing executive James C. France, Kappa Alpha Order (Florida Southern ’66) and his wife, Sharon.


Jim France (Photo credit Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

Jim is Chairman of the Board of International Speedway Corporation. He was elected to the ISC Board of Directors in 1970 and has served as the company’s secretary, assistant treasurer, vice-president, and executive vice president before being named the ISC’s president and chief operating officer in 1987. He was also named to the NASCAR Board of Directors in November 2000, and serves on the Board of Directors for SunTrust Bank, East Central Florida


“In the history of every private college and university, there are a few families that make a profound difference and set the course for the success of those institutions,” said Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr. “We are so blessed to have the France family who have supported us and made an investment in the college and the students who come here.”