The University of North Florida and Crowley Maritime Corp. announced the university received a $2.5 million endowment gift June 25 from Crowley to establish and sustain the Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics within UNF’s Coggin College of Business.
“This donation represents a strategic investment in our industry’s future – the talent and knowledge our leaders of tomorrow and the research needed to propel our industry forward successfully,” said Tom Crowley, the company’s chairman and CEO, in a news release.
The center is designed to be a leader in transportation and logistics research, education and industry engagement. The endowment will help finance operations and leadership, faculty support, visiting scholars, industry research, pursuit of federal grants and contracts, student recruitment in the areas of transportation, logistics and data analytics and course development.
“Our partnership and alliance with Crowley will allow UNF’s Coggin College of Business and the Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics to be at the forefront of cutting-edge education and research and help prepare our students with skills for the workforce,” said UNF President David Szymanski in the release.
“Crowley Maritime’s gift to establish this center is not only important for the Coggin College and UNF but is a major investment in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida,” said Richard Buttimer, dean of the Coggin College of Business, in the release.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Crowley is a global leader in logistics, marine and energy solutions for the commercial and government sectors with locations across the U.S., the Caribbean and Central America.