Parker College of Business
Parker’s is proud to gift $5,000,000 to Georgia Southern University to fund the Parker College of Business. One of our guiding principles is serving our community, specifically through funding for better education. By investing in GSU, which educates young people mostly from our own area, we’re investing in the future of our local business community. “By making this gift to the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, I hope to make a lasting impact on the business community in coastal Georgia,” said Greg Parker. “I truly believe in education’s power to transform lives and have a strong commitment to giving back to the community.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Parker’s CEO Greg Parker, left, recently signed a landmark gift agreement with Georgia Southern University’s College of Business Dean Allen C. Amason, right, giving $5 million to name the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University. The largest single gift in the university’s history will fund student scholarships, support faculty research and create the new Parker Business Scholarship Program at Georgia Southern.
“This $5 million gift signifies a new partnership between The Parker Companies and the College. It will enhance the quality of teaching and learning and scholarly activities while raising the profile of the Parker College of Business and Georgia Southern University across the region, state and nation,” added Allen C. Amason, Ph.D., dean of the College. “This partnership is a significant step forward in preparing more highly qualified students for the workforce.”
The Parker Business Scholarship Program (PBSP) will provide personalized professional development and educational enrichment opportunities to a select group of students in the Parker College of Business. Implementation of the PBSP will begin in fall 2019 and include specialized coursework, unique professional development opportunities and other experiential learning activities. The Parker Companies, along with the dean of the College, will have direct involvement with the PBSP students.
The Parker Business Scholarship Fund will enable recruitment and retention of greater numbers of the best and brightest students and will attract students with the potential for competitive offers from other universities, making the Parker College of Business a destination of first choice for students across the state and region.
The Parker Faculty Support Fund will support faculty members and their research. Research is essential to the academic reputation of the College, to the scholarly currency and prestige of the faculty, and to the overall value proposition of the College as a leading academic institution.