Crawford hailed at groundbreaking for KSU business school

A large crowd of supporters watched as Kent State University broke ground Tuesday for the $71 million Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Crawford Hall.

The crowd gathered in a large tent near the former site of Terrace Hall, which was demolished last month to make way for the structure. The new building will be built on the footprint of Terrace Hall and sit just east of White Hall on the north edge of campus.

The project is part of the Gateway Master Plan, a campus-wide facility improvement plan that could take up to 10 years from its 2018 inception and $1.2 billion to complete

The building will be named after Edward Crawford, a businessman and US ambassador to Ireland from 2019-21, cited as the “lead donor” for the project..Valoree Vargo, vice president of KSU’s division of philanthropy and alumni engagement, said nearly 20 other donors also would be recognized, and parts of the building would be named for them as well.

Kent State University broke ground on Tuesday for the new Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.  Crawford Hall will be located at the recently razed Terrace Hall space on front campus.  The name honors Ambassador Edward F. Crawford, who spoke with Kent State business entrepreneurship students, Sony Kipre and Adam Yossef, after the ceremony.

Crawford talked about the day that Kent State President Todd Diacon and Deborah Spake, dean of the KSU College of Business, visited him at his office at ParkOhio in Cleveland. As they talked about the plan for the center, Crawford said he began to share their excitement, and wished he had been able to attend a business school like the one they had described.

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