CSU Foundation Properties offers Brown Hall to University System of Georgia

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September 9, 2021

Today, CSU Foundation Properties Inc., the charitable real estate arm that manages and maintains real estate for the benefit of Columbus State University, donated Frank D. Brown Hall to the University System of Georgia. This transfer from the home of the College of Education and Health Professions and a cornerstone of CSU’s RiverPark campus represents the support of hundreds of alumni and community donors who made the acquisition and renovation of the building possible. historic building.

Through donations from individuals and businesses, CSU Foundation Properties acquires real estate, which it then makes available to the university for its use. When the time is right, usually when the foundation pays all renovation, mortgage, or related costs, facilities like Brown Hall are available in the state of Georgia. Third-party rentals, along with targeted investments from the CSU Foundation Inc. and CSU Foundation Properties Inc., have further supported these academic, residential and artistic spaces that make up the university’s downtown campus.

“Columbus State strives to be a reflection of the community we call home, the community whose name appears on the credentials of each of our graduates,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “Frank Brown Hall reflects the support and generosity of our community, as well as the vision for a world-class education, a thriving workforce and a thriving economy that we share with our partners and neighbors of Chattahoochee Valley.

The 109,000 square foot building on Broadway and 12th Avenue is home to the CSU College of Education and Health Professions. The foundation acquired, rehabilitated and expanded the former Columbus Ledger-Enquirer building with $ 22.6 million in donations and pledges it received during its First Choice campaign. The global fundraising campaign raised more than $ 120 million to support CSU by its conclusion in 2018.

CSU dedicated the building in January 2017 and named it in honor of Dr. Frank D. Brown, who retired as CSU’s third president in 2008. It was during Brown’s two decades in as president of CSU the university established and increased its presence in downtown RiverPark.

“It’s really a blend of coordinated beauty and functionality,” Brown told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer when the building opened. “I was blown away by the health sciences component. You have hospital-style situation rooms that will offer the best in classroom instruction.

Despite some notable renovations and additions, the university is committed to preserving the features of the historic two-story Mediterranean-style building that has honored Uptown Columbus for over 90 years.

“Staying connected with the fabric and history of the Columbus community is important to all of us at Columbus State,” said Rocky Kettering, vice president for advancement. “Our RiverPark campus is a perfect example. Our roots reflect those of Columbus’ growth from an industrial city to a booming city.

CSU’s RiverPark campus, established in 2001, is recognized for contributing to the revitalization of the Uptown Columbus area. Its three-quarters of a million gross square feet of teaching, performance and outreach space was funded through charitable support from alumni, friends and community partners, especially WC Bradley Co.

“What Frank Brown Hall – and the entire RiverPark campus – is today is due in large part to how WC Bradley Co. and the Bradley-Turner Foundation embraced, embraced and supported our vision for our RiverPark campus. in particular and our academics as a whole, ”said Markwood.

“It’s not every day that a public university and its philanthropic foundation donate an institution like Frank Brown Hall to the state,” he continued. “It’s usually the other way around: a university asks the state for a building. The Columbus community should be proud of this gift and what it stands for: dreaming big and then working together to make that dream come true.

Today, Frank Brown Hall serves more than 2,540 undergraduate and graduate students, or 30% of CSU’s total workforce. Among the college’s outstanding programs is its Bachelor of Nursing program, which is the university’s most popular major. Its family nurse practitioner, elementary education, and kinesiology programs are also among CSU’s top 10 programs. The strength of its teacher training programs is evidenced by the Muscogee County School District Guaranteed Teaching Contract for every qualified CSU teacher training graduate through this one-of-a-kind partnership in the state.

Under Brown’s leadership, CSU grew from a small college of about 4,000 students to a regional university of over 8,000 students. His commitment to forming community partnerships, securing private donations, and improving the university’s academic offerings and facilities have all contributed to changing perceptions of the university’s influence on education, workforce and economic growth.

“The deep, meaningful and mutually productive partnerships that Dr. Brown established over a decade ago continue to benefit Columbus State University,” said Teddie Ussery, who heads the Foundation’s 61 board members. CSU. “The foundations he established and on which we continue to build promise to last for the good of our students and our community.


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