The furniture in place, the computers connected, the bread baking. As you read this, the second phase of Terry College’s Business Learning Community is more than a rendering, it’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 “keys” 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 café.
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 ’73), chairman and CEO of Aflac. As the “Building Terry” campaign chair, Amos held the top leadership role in the business school’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 Aflac’s chief executive since 1990 and chairman since 2001.
Benson Hall (parallel to Lumpkin Street) honors three generations of the Benson Family — patriarch W.H. (Howard) Benson, son H.E. (Ed) Benson (BBA ’42), and grandson Larry R. Benson (BBA ’74). Howard founded Benson’s Inc. in 1918, which today is parent company of Benson’s Bakery in Bogart and Benson’s Hospitality Group in Athens. Ed serves as chairman emeritus, while Larry is chairman and CEO of Benson’s Inc.
Moore-Rooker Hall (adjacent to Hull Street) recognizes Dudley L. Moore, Jr. (BBA ’57) and the John W. Rooker Family. Moore, founding chairman of Terry’s Board of Overseers and served on the college’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 ’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.
— Ed Morales