The public-private partnership that has enabled the creation of the Business Learning Community is benefiting students and faculty in the Terry College of Business and across campus.
Enrollment in the Terry College has grown dramatically over the past several years, rising 20 percent since 2014 to reach 8,687 undergraduate and graduate students this fall. The Building Terry Campaign is helping meet this demand while providing students with state-of-the-art facilities that foster collaboration and enable students to seamlessly transition their classroom knowledge to career success.
The Business Learning Community represents the power of public-private partnerships to transform the learning environment for students and to cement Georgia’s role as an international hub of economic activity. When complete, it will have been funded by a 50-50 match of state dollars and private dollars from hundreds of Terry College alumni and friends.
The first building in the Business Learning Community—Correll Hall—opened in 2015, and it is named for A.D. “Pete” Correll, chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific and a Terry College alumnus, and his wife, Ada Lee Correll, a graduate of the UGA College of Education. Amos Hall opened this fall and is named in honor of Daniel P. Amos, chairman and CEO of Aflac and a Terry College alumnus. It is flanked by Benson Hall and Moore-Rooker Hall, which also opened this fall and are named after Athens’ Benson family, the family of Dudley L. Moore Jr. and the family of John W. Rooker, respectively. Construction is now underway on the third and final phase of the Business Learning Community, which will include Orkin Hall in recognition of the exemplary support of Sanford and Barbara Orkin of Atlanta.
The completed Business Learning Community will more than double instructional and student learning square footage for Terry students. In addition, newly vacated space in Brooks, Caldwell and Sanford Halls will benefit students and faculty from other units across campus. The University’s Owens Institute for Behavioral Research and the statistics department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences have already moved to Brooks Hall, and additional moves are being planned.
The combination of public and private support has reshaped the University of Georgia. Extraordinary leadership on campus—from President Morehead to Dean Ben Ayers and Terry College faculty and staff—combined with high levels of support across the state and well beyond Georgia’s borders is helping ensure that UGA’s extraordinary students have learning experiences that position them for a lifetime of success.