Kent State University Renamed Its B-School
Kent State University’s College of Business is getting a new name after receiving its largest gift in school history.
The College of Business will now be called the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship – named after entrepreneur Ambassador Crawford and his family who have donated a significant amount of Kent State’s $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. Part of the gift will also go towards funding the construction of a new business school building named Crawford Hall.
Ambassador Crawford has had an illustrious career as an entrepreneur to-date. He helped grow Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. from a small local manufacturer into a publicly traded $1.6 billion dollar industrial supply chain logistics and diversified manufacturing business. He currently serves as Chairman of Crawford United Corporation, CEO of The Crawford Group, and Director of Park-Ohio.
“Ambassador Crawford has spent his life as a successful entrepreneur and business owner, growing his company from the ground up,” Kent State President Todd Diacon says in a press release. “To have earned his confidence in our College of Business Administration, which will bear his name both for the college and on its new building, makes us very proud. Our students will not only be educated in an iconic facility, with a forward-thinking design, but they will also be able to look to him as a mentor for their own entrepreneurial and business endeavors. We are very thankful for his support.”
BUILDING OF THE FUTURE
Crawford Hall, which will begin construction in December, will open its doors to students in fall 2024. The new building is designed with innovative technology to support a variety of learning spaces and instructional layouts.
“Crawford Hall will be instrumental in how we prepare students for modern business careers,” Deborah Spake, Ph.D., dean of the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State, says in the press release. “This new building – which will be one of the largest buildings on any Kent State campus to house an academic program – and its enhanced technology will continue to bolster our reputation for both international business and entrepreneurship education. We anticipate a continued increase not only in domestic enrollment but also for international students seeking a top-tier education. With this gift and new building, the future is bright for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.”