Publix CEO donates funds
Howard M. Jenkins, chairman and CEO of Publix Super Markets Inc., and an
alumnus and trustee, has donated $3.6 million to the Goizueta Business School.
The gift will be used to underwrite the construction costs of the courtyard
and student commons area of the new business school building scheduled to
open this summer.
for business school commons
"The Howard M. Jenkins Courtyard and Commons will be the student centerpiece
and heart of the new Goizueta Business School building," said Dean
Ron Frank. "Our curriculum places a great deal of emphasis on teamwork
since it is the name of the game in today's business environment,"
he said. "I am grateful that Howard Jenkins saw the value in supporting
teamwork with his generous gift for the Jenkins Courtyard and Commons. It
will be a place where small groups of students can work together on projects
and where faculty and students can meet between classes."
The commons area will include eating and study space. The perimeter of the
open area will contain study "banquettes"-areas designed like
restaurant booths that will permit up to eight students at a time to discuss
case studies. There will be five small break-out rooms large enough for
groups of eight students to work together privately. The commons area also
includes a 200-seat auditorium and the student service center.
The open-air courtyard also will be the principal link between the business
school and the rest of the campus. Since the new building occupies one of
the primary public entrances to the University, the courtyard will serve
as a welcoming space for visitors. Outside seating will allow students to
eat and study in the courtyard.
The rest of the new building will provide 119,000 square feet of space,
more than doubling the size of the Rich Building. In addition, it is designed
to allow for the interactive, discussion-oriented teaching methods that
are the hallmark of the business school's curriculum.
Jenkins, 45, graduated from Emory in 1975 and has been a member of Emory's
Board of Trustees since 1990. Following his graduation from Emory College,
he became vice president of research and development at Publix in 1976 and
CEO in 1990.