Emily Featherston, Editor-in-Chief
The Brock School of Business finally has a name for its new facilities after the building was officially dedicated and named Cooney Hall.
Students, faculty and community members gathered on the steps of the new building Friday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that honored donors and supporters.
Gary M. Cooney and his family were responsible for the $12.5 million lead donation toward the overall need of the project, a commitment he announced in late April.
Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland said Cooney’s commitment to the school and project led the board of trustees to the decision to name the building Cooney Hall.
“There was no doubt,” Westmoreland told the crowd. “His loyalty to Samford is beyond anything that I can describe or imagine.”
Cooney is a 1974 graduate of Samford and a member of the university’s board of overseers.
Remarks by Cooney, Westmoreland, Brock School of Business Dean Howard Finch and Samford Executive Vice President Buck Brock also referenced the impact of the late Harry B. Brock Jr., who passed away in late July.
“Mr. Brock was tenacious. He wanted to see this building constructed. He wanted to see Samford have a first-class business school facility. So in that regard, I very much feel his spirit here,” Finch said.
After the ceremony, attendees were invited inside for refreshments and to explore the building.
The $25 million facilities feature state-of-the-art classrooms, event spaces and student common areas for studying and socializing.
“It’s been such an incredible difference,” senior finance and sports marketing major Drew Jackson said. “This whole building was so well thought out, it’s remarkable.”
In addition to the improvement to the educational experience of current students, Finch said he thinks the new building will have an impact for decades to come.
“It’s a testament to the fact that education is the most important thing we do at Samford,” Finch said. “The students that are here, the students that are coming and the students that aren’t born yet will benefit from the quality of the facilities.”
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