BMW Manufacturing Gives $250,000 To USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College Of Business and Economics
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate received a recent boost to its fundraising campaign thanks to a $250,000 gift from BMW Manufacturing.
“BMW has a longstanding commitment to advancing educational opportunities and economic development within our footprint. This vision is mutually shared by USC Upstate and we are glad to support this new facility in downtown Spartanburg,” said Max Metcalf, Manager of Community Relations for BMW Manufacturing.
USC Upstate Chancellor John Stockwell expressed his tremendous appreciation to BMW Manufacturing for this recent gift and for the company’s longstanding supportive relationship with the University.
“BMW Manufacturing has long functioned as a collaborative partner with USC Upstate and is quick to recognize the vital nature of our metropolitan mission,” said Stockwell. “The implications of having a prestigious business school in our downtown and it will certainly be far-reaching and will assist in the economic development of the City, the region and the State.”
The $30 million facility, which bears the name of the chairman of Johnson Development Associates, is currently under construction on Saint John Street and is expected to be completed in May 2010. The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building is located adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center.
According to Mike Irvin, vice chancellor of university advancement at USC Upstate, private support for this project has been vital. “To date our generous donors have contributed $13 of our total $14 million fundraising goal. We are pleased to have BMW join a cadre of other businesses and individuals who have contributed greatly to the overall community support for this project.”
“One of the guiding visions of moving downtown has been the program impact from having the business programs and events available in the heart of Spartanburg,” said Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics. “The tiered state-of-the-art classroom that BMW has sponsored is critical to that programmatic commitment in that it will provide a venue for events not only for our programs, but also joint activities with other downtown entities such as the arts groups housed at the Chapman Cultural Center. Certainly one of our uses will be additional continuing education and training programs for local businesses.”
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate currently enrolls nearly 850 majors and offers programs in business administration with concentrations in accounting, economics, marketing, and management. It is one of 42 institutions worldwide with undergraduate only programs that are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Few business schools in the nation with a predominantly undergraduate mission are accredited by this prestigious international association.
Founded in 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate has spent the last 42 years developing its mission as one of the Southeast’s leading metropolitan universities. In addition to building acclaimed and accredited academic programs, the University has recruited a faculty with excellent credentials and experience and a student population of great potential and diversity. USC Upstate is home to 5,000 students from 38 states and 71 nations. More than 17,500 students have earned their degrees with 85 percent of graduates remaining in the Upstate to build their lives and careers.