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BB&T Gives $100,000 Donation to Richards College of Business

by Taylor Bryant and Raven Ponder

BB&T Gives $100,000 Donation to Richards College of Business

(L to R) Allen Phinney, market president; John McDaniel, senior vice president, market president; Dr. Kyle Marrero, UWG president; Tammy Hughes, senior vice president, corporate banker; Faye McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business; Benjamin Phelps, senior vice president, corporate banking manager

The University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business received a $100,000 donation from BB&T as part of their $1 million pledge made in 2009. The donation is being used to establish the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise and support the bi-annual BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series.

“Part of BB&T’s mission is to make the world a better place to live by making the communities in which we work better places to be,” said Tammy Hughes, BB&T West Georgia Area executive. “We see our partnership with the Richards College of Business as a good investment in our future business leaders. The Richards College of Business is doing excellent work preparing those future leaders, and we’re proud to be its partner.”

The donation has created a center that has fostered a comprehensive and ongoing discussion of the foundations of capitalism and free enterprise in addition to generating faculty and student research and new business courses. The donation also funds the business college’s award-winning ENACTUS (ENtrepreneurial ACtion US) team for campus and community projects on ethics, investment basics, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

The BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series, which is open to the public, focuses on core values and ethical foundations of free enterprise and issues facing business management and policy makers. The series provides valuable speakers and events for both UWG and its community.

“We appreciate the support of the BB&T Foundation and of our local BB&T executives,” said Dr. Faye S. McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business. “People like Tammy Hughes and John McDaniel contribute to the Richards College of Business in so many ways, and they have a tremendous impact on our students and our community.”

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