United Supermarkets makes donation to LCU business school

United Supermarkets donated $500,000 to Lubbock Christian University’s School of Business to establish an endowed scholarship and complete the under-construction Christa Dobbs Center for Business, LCU announced Tuesday.

 

The United Family Atrium in the new business center will be situated at the front of the center and serve as a gathering place for students to mingle and study, said LCU President Tim Perrin.

“It’s going to be a great way to welcome guests for a very long time to that new space,” Perrin said at a news conference. “It’ll also benefit students, which is what makes me the happiest.”

The donation follows the launch of a $15 million initiative to build support for the growing business school, according to a news release from the university. The School of Business is the largest undergraduate program at LCU and offers six programs. The new center will allow the program to admit more students and grow, and is set to open in the fall of 2018.

Tracy Mack, dean of the LCU School of Business, said the donation shows United’s commitment to the community and education.

“We strive hard to deliver high quality courses that are academically rigorous and relevant for today’s market, and I think we do that well,” Mack said. “I think United recognizes that. This gift will enable us to do that for years to come.”

The donation was a natural move for United, said president of the United Family Robert Taylor. He said the company has always done what it could to encourage quality education, among other causes.

“It’s not just about giving back,” Taylor said. “It’s about being a productive member of a community and supporting what should be supported.”

Taylor said he hopes United’s support will inspire students to be caring, ethical professionals once they start their careers. He said he hopes students know that a job should not be about the money, but about the work done.

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