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Oglethorpe University launching business school with $50 million gift

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2017

Oglethorpe University will receive a $50 million gift from alumnus Bill Hammack to establish a business school.

The gift is 10 times larger than the biggest gift the university has ever received – $5 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. It also is 20 times larger than the biggest individual gift the university ever received – $2.5 million from Ann and Tom Cousins, a donation made in 2017.

The new business school, which will open in the fall of 2019 within the liberal arts college, will be called the Q. William Hammack Jr. School of Business. It will be housed in the new Center for Science and Innovation, which also will open in the fall of 2019. Hammack already had signed on to give the new Center $2 million.