BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — During a dedication ceremony this afternoon, Samford University in Birmingham named its recently completed Brock School of Business building Cooney Hall after Samford alumnus Gary Cooney, vice chairman of McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc.
Also during the dedication,Brock School of Business Dean J. Howard Finch announced that one of Cooney Hall’s rooms will be named after John Wyatt, a Samford alumnus who was killed in a plane crash Aug. 27. The Wyatt family has established the John Gary Wyatt Leadership in Business Scholarship at Samford.
Cooney, Finch, Samford President Andrew Westmoreland and Buck Brock, son of Brock School of Business’ Harry Brock, each made remarks to the crowd before opening the four-story building for viewing.
Cooney Hall is the result of 250 alumni and sponsors raising approximately $25 million dollars, $12.5 million of which was pledged by Cooney in April 2013 to jump-start construction. The new building has a portfolio management room, two computer teaching labs, break-out rooms connected to many of the classrooms and a community resource forum able to host up to 400 guests. It also contains facilities for students to launch their own businesses.
An endowment fund for future growth and maintenance of Cooney Hall has been established through room and area sponsorships throughout the building. Gifts and pledges exceeding $2.5 million have been raised to date for the building endowment.