TROY—A donation to Troy University from the James F. Coleman family of Dothan will help pave the way for construction of a new academic building at the Dothan Campus.
TROY alumnus Jeff Coleman presented the donation on behalf of the family to the University Saturday night during TROY's 125th Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus.
The new building will bear the name James F. Coleman Hall in honor of Coleman's father.
"We've been talking about this project in a silent period for a number of years now, and in December I thought of great way to get involved," Coleman said. "I went back to my family, and we thought this was a great way to honor a great man in my life, my father."
The building is expected to be approximately 40,000 square feet and will cost about $7 million. It will provide classrooms and offices for the Sorrell College of Business, along with the offices of Alumni Affairs and Development.
The building will allow the College of Business to expand at the Dothan Campus with the creation of a degree program in entrepreneurship, said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business.
"Dothan has a long history of successful entrepreneurs, which is exemplified by the Coleman family," Dr. Edwards said. "This donation provides a needed first step for the Sorrell College of Business to develop a robust entrepreneurship program in Dothan providing comprehensive academic, research and outreach activities that will contribute to the economic development success of the Wiregrass."
The Coleman family owns southeast Alabama-based Coleman World Group, one of the top 50 largest privately owned companies in the State of Alabama. Its two main divisions are Coleman American Moving Services and Covan Worldwide Moving. Jeff Coleman currently serves as the group's president/CEO.
"The new building will allow the College of Business to better serve its students in Dothan," said Dr. Skip Ames, associate dean of College of Business.
"This will bring all of the business faculty and classrooms together under one roof, building collegiality among the faculty and giving students better access to their professors," Dr. Ames said.