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Building Fund Donation

To donate to the Parker College of Business Building fund, please designate your gift to fund 0505. Click here to donate.

The Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University is excited to announce Building A Legacy, an initiative to renovate and expand its 89,000 square foot building.

The current building, first occupied by the Parker College of Business in 1995, has not undergone significant renovations since its construction more than 20 years ago with the exception of minor touch ups including new paint, carpet and furniture.

At the time of its construction, the current building cost approximately $16 million and enrollment in the Parker College of Business was around 2,000 students. Currently, enrollment is 3,600 students, and business education has become increasingly competitive. Many other business schools at comprehensive universities across the nation, like Georgia Southern, have announced renovations and expansions or are building new buildings. The average size of these new buildings is 160,000 square feet, and the average cost is $66 million. To remain competitive, the College of Business at Georgia Southern University needs to invest approximately $10 million in its facility.

In its golden anniversary, the Parker College of Business seeks to address the need for cutting-edge space with a three-phase plan. The building, which was built before the use of the Internet in classroom instruction, needs to be retrofitted to support the full functionality required for leading-edge instruction. Classroom layout and design needs to be updated to provide greater instructional flexibility. In addition to renovations within the building, the Parker College of Business will also expand the current footprint by adding an atrium and a financial learning lab to increase visual appeal and flexibility. The atrium, which will be called The Hub, will offer students a space and an atmosphere that encourages collaboration and networking. The financial learning lab will provide a customized facility for studying financial markets, monetary policy, financial securities, investment vehicles and other related topics. The lab will feature the newest technology and provide a venue for guest lecturers, student competitions, board meetings and recruiting events.

The renovation and expansion of the building will enable the College to move forward competitively in attracting students, faculty, businesses and donors. For more information, please contact Bill Slayton at 912-478-2277 or email

Naming Opportunities

Named gifts to the Building A Legacy initiative afford an opportunity for the College of Business to honor donors and for donors to honor those held in high esteem. Donors will be recognized by a plaque at the entrance of the area they name. Pledges may be made over five years.

For further information about these Legacy naming opportunities, please contact the College of Business Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Georgia Southern University
College of Business
P.O. Box 7994
Statesboro, GA 30460

(912) 478-5083

The Georgia Southern Foundation, Inc. is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) corporation.

The College of Business Building$3,000,000
Financial Learning Lab$2,000,000
The Hub/Student Atrium$2,000,000
Rooftop Garden$250,000
Auditorium (tiered) seats 111$250,000
Dean’s Suite$500,000
Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management Suite$200,000
Department of Information Systems Suite$200,000
Department of Finance Suite$200,000
School of Accountancy Suite$200,000
Development & Alumni Relations Suite$100,000
Department of Marketing Suite$200,000
Honors Suite*$100,000
Student Services Center$100,000
Sales Center$100,000
Graduate Programs Suite (MBA, MSAE, MAcc)$100,000
Interactive Classroom$100,000
Department of Management Suite$200,000
Instructional Computer Lab$100,000
Marketing & Media Suite$100,000
Micro Comp Lab*$100,000
Career Services Center$100,000
Faculty/Staff Lounge$75,000
Dean’s Conference Room*$75,000
Classrooms > 50 Seats$100,000
Arboretum Conference Room*$35,000
Experiential Learning Suite$50,000
Graduate Studies Research Center*$35,000
Faculty/Staff Gallery$25,000

*The naming opportunity has been purchased.

List of Contributors

Gary D. Baker (MKTG ’71)
Bernice Banks (ACCT ’77)
Jarvis Barnes (IS ’78)
Teri S. Brennan
Gariel and Sue Cox (BUS ’76)
Don (BUS ’78) and Carole Clemens Cox (ACCT ’78)
Mark Donato, II (IT ’07)
David Robert Edwards (ACCT ’86)
Cedric D. Henry (MGMT ’84)
Donald Howard (BUS ’73)
Michael Johnson (MBA ’07) and Emily Johnson (PUB ADMN ’97)
Thomas (ACCT ’73) and Victoria N. Jones (FD & NUTR ’80)
Josh (ACCT ’96) and Ashley Lane
Cary (ACCT ’72) and Ellen Payne Long (COE ’72)
Sanford Loyd (ACCT ’77, MBA ’93)
J.T. Marburger (MGMT ’84)
William “Billy” (IM ’83, MBA ’90) and Kimberly Fleming McLeod (ADM ’82)
Michael F. Pannullo (IS ’80)
Sharon Jester Ponder (ACCT ’94)
Michael Sanders (MKTG ’81)
Ralph Sikes (IS ’84)
Lee Smalley III (MGMT ’80)
Thomas (MKTG ’69) and Jane Tharpe (MKTG ’69)
Ronald (MKTG ’68) and Rebecca Tiller (SOC ’69)
Kris (ACCT ’95) and Beverly Trainor (JS ’96)
Michael (CS ’91) and Carol Waller (ENG ’93)

Fast Facts

Faculty & Staff
Full-time Faculty107
Lecturer/Senior lecturer8
Annual Tuition (includes all fees; does not include books, residence fees & meal plans)
*based on 15 credit hours per semester for 3 semesters (Fall, Spring & Summer)
Student Residential
Student Citizenship
 US CitizenInternational
FY18 Award Amount
Current Rankings
Rank Organization
#3Parker College of Business ranked for Business and Management Education ResearchJournal of Education for Business
#4Best College for Business in
#4Best College for Accounting and Finance in
#6Best Online Programs: Master in
#13Parker College of Business ranked for the Online Master’s in Accounting Program (WebMAcc)Master’s in Accounting
#15The Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management ranked 15th in the world for empirically-focused research publications in leading supply chain management journals.The SCM Journal List
#15Online MBA one of the most affordable online MBA degree
#18Best Online MBA ProgramPoets&Quants
#18The 50 Best Online MBA
#24Best Online Master’s Accounting Degree ProgramMaster’s Programs Guide
Top 50Best Online MBA ProgramU.S. News & World Report
Top 50Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA)U.S. News & World Report

Parker College of Business Points of Pride

AACSB accredited since 1977.

AACSB recognized alumnus Major General Leslie C. Smith (ACCT, ’85) as a 2018 Influential Leader.

Two Parker College of Business alumni received the AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The Georgia Southern SHRM Student Chapter was named the Georgia Chapter of the Year and received another Superior Merit Award.

SAP University Alliance institution.

Building A Legacy – Philanthropy Q&A

Q: I am interested in making a monetary gift. What options do I have?
A: You may either simply write a check, made payable to Georgia Southern University Foundation or visit our website, to use VISA, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.

Q: How do I designate my gift for a particular purpose?
A: If you wish to give to a specific fund, either indicate it on the memo line of your check or include detailed instructions when sending your gift. The College of Business Building Fund is designated as 0505. For gifts greater than $5,000, please contact or (912) 478-5083.

Q: Are there other ways of giving?
A: The Georgia Southern University Foundation welcomes gifts in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, stock and securities transfers, electronic funds transfer, matching corporate gifts, land gifts and wills/bequests.

Q: Is my gift tax deductible?
A: All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible; The Georgia Southern University Foundation qualifies as a public charitable organization and meets the requirements of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). However, you should consult with your tax attorney/advisor about your gift.

Q: What is the Georgia Southern University Foundation?
A: The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1962 to raise and manage private dollars to meet the needs of Georgia Southern University that are not funded through state allocations.

Q: The Georgia Southern University Foundation is a state public institution. Why does it need private gifts?
A: State funding is decreasing as a percentage of the university’s total operating budget, and the university is committed to keeping tuition and fees affordable. Funding from alumni and foundations is needed to help provide the difference.

Q: Can a pledge be extended over a period of time?
A: Pledges benefitting the College of Business may be made over a three-to-five year period from the date of the signed Letter of Agreement.

Q: How are names on and inside the renovated building determined?
A: Major gifts to the College of Business recognized through a naming opportunity in one of the three phases of construction. These gift opportunities range from $12,000,000 down to $10,000. The pledge must be paid in full before the name can be placed on the facility.

Q: What is an endowment?
A: Endowments are often referred to as the gifts that keep on giving. Endowments are permanently invested by the Georgia Southern University Foundation, and the income generated by that investment is used for the purpose you wish to
support – scholarships, chairs, supplemental salary support for faculty, research, programs and much more. A portion of the income may be reinvested each year enabling the endowment to grow and provide a permanent stream of income over time. A new endowment can be established at Georgia Southern with a minimum gift of $25,000.

Q: Should I choose to name Georgia Southern University in my estate plan, do I need to notify anyone?
A: You are not required to notify Georgia Southern University about your intent to leave a bequest; however, it is helpful for the university’s planning purposes to be aware of future gifts. The College of Business Office of Development is your resource to ensure a bequest gift is worded to be most useful in the future. You may also be interested in knowing about the Legacy Society that honors planned gift commitments.

Development & Alumni Relations – P.O. Box 7994, Statesboro, GA 30460 – – 912-478-5083

Last updated: 12/29/2023