Gift from alumnus sets College of Business firmly on path to new building
A $500,000 gift from 2008 marketing graduate Parrish Owens is helping the College of Business move closer to realizing its goal of building a new, state-of-the-art facility. In honor of his generosity, the college will name the first floor 100-seat auditorium, the J. Parrish Owens Auditorium.
“We are grateful for Parrish’s financial commitment to our new College of Business building,” said Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley. “A magnificent, brand-new building will define our future not only to our students, faculty and alumni, but also to our friends and the business community at large. Parrish’s very generous donation demonstrates his support of his alma mater, and I am hopeful that his gift will encourage others to step forward to help us acquire a new home for the college.”
“It is a pleasure to be able to give back to the college that benefitted me greatly, and it is comforting to know that this gift will have a positive impact on business students for years to come,” Owens said. “I commend the college’s leadership for having the vision to position itself for growth and prosperity.”
Owens is associate marketing manager at Southeastern Mills Inc., his fourth-generation, family-owned food manufacturing business headquartered in Rome, Ga.
Plans for the new building will provide a 67-percent increase in space and meet the changing demands of 21st-century business education. The Rovetta Business Building originally was constructed in the 1950s, with an addition completed in the 1980s. The Florida State College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet its reputation for excellence has helped it to become one of the 10 largest.
Tentatively called Legacy Hall, the new five-story facility will provide the instructional, technological and collaborative spaces needed to educate the people who will influence tomorrow’s business world. It will house the student business incubator and will open avenues for collaborative research among Florida State’s faculty, enabling the college to meet the training and continuing education needs of alumni and business partners.