The single largest gift in Georgia Southern history will establish the Parker Business Scholars Program and provide a select group of students with personalized professional development and educational enrichment opportunities; the Parker Business Scholarship Fund, which will support the recruitment and retention of talented students; and the Parker Faculty Support Fund, which will support the research activities of faculty members. In recognition of the gift, the college will be renamed the Gregory M. Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.
"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 Parker, president, founder, and CEO of a Savannah-based holding company that operates dozens of convenience stores in gas stations across Georgia and South Carolina. "I truly believe in education’s power to transform lives and have a strong commitment to giving back to the community."
"This $5 million gift signifies a new partnership between the Parker Companies and the college," said Allen C. Amason, dean of 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. This partnership is a significant step forward in preparing more highly qualified students for the workforce."