The furniture in place, the computers connected, the bread baking. As you read this, the second phase of Terry Collegeâ€™s Business Learning Community is more than a rendering, itâ€™s a living, breathing reality sitting in the heart of campus, marked by a trio of buildings named for business leaders with lifelong connections to the college.
When the â€śkeysâ€ť to Amos, Benson and Moore-Rooker halls were turned over to Terry in late May, a surge of moving activity poured through the 140,000 square feet which includes classrooms, labs, studios, commons, conference rooms, a trading lab and cafĂ©.
In April the official naming of all three buildings was complete, signifying the final touch to honor Terry alums and their families who gave generously to help make Phase II a reality.
Amos Hall, the centerpiece of Phase II, was named in honor of Daniel P. Amos (BBA â€™73), chairman and CEO of Aflac. As the â€śBuilding Terryâ€ť campaign chair, Amos held the top leadership role in the business schoolâ€™s campaign, which exceeded its original fundraising goal of $90 million by more than $30 million when the campaign ended in 2015. Amos joined Aflac after graduating from UGA in 1973. He has been Aflacâ€™s chief executive since 1990 and chairman since 2001.
Benson Hall (parallel to Lumpkin Street) honors three generations of the Benson Family â€” patriarch W.H. (Howard) Benson, son H.E. (Ed) Benson (BBA â€™42), and grandson Larry R. Benson (BBA â€™74). Howard founded Bensonâ€™s Inc. in 1918, which today is parent company of Bensonâ€™s Bakery in Bogart and Bensonâ€™s Hospitality Group in Athens. Ed serves as chairman emeritus, while Larry is chairman and CEO of Bensonâ€™s Inc.
Moore-Rooker Hall (adjacent to Hull Street) recognizes Dudley L. Moore, Jr. (BBA â€™57) and the John W. Rooker Family. Moore, founding chairman of Terryâ€™s Board of Overseers and served on the collegeâ€™s Business Advisory Board, was also a chairman of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees. Three generations of Rookers attended UGA, with Jack Rooker (BBA â€™60) the founding chairman of the UGA Real Estate Foundation and, along with Moore, chairman of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees. A dedication for Phase II is set for Sept. 15, but as is the case for the future-looking college, a ceremonious groundbreaking for Phase III is also on tap.
â€” Ed Morales