Clemson University has announced a $60 million gift from South Carolina philanthropists Ann and Wilbur O. "Billy" Powers in support of its business college.
The largest gift in the university's history will name the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business and support endowed professorships, merit- and need-based financial aid for students, and current programs in the college, including business analytics, sales innovation, value chain and advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, brand marketing and graphics communications, and economics, as well as the Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars program and the MBA program. In recognition of the gift, a structure on campus will be named in honor of the Powers' grandson, Chandler L. Burns, a 2015 graduate of Clemson who died after a short illness in 2016.
"This building and this gift are game changers for Clemson and the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business. Billy and Ann are longtime supporters of the university, and, once again, they have stepped up for Clemson. We are so grateful for their generosity and vision," said Jim Clements, the university's president. "This is an incredible milestone for Clemson, not only because it is the largest gift in our history but also because it will truly transform the way we teach business at Clemson. This gift will enable the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business to reach new heights, growing to become one of the country's best institutions for educating the next generation of global business leaders."