|BancorpSouth Supports U of M's Millington Center
For release: Jan. 10, 2007
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BancorpSouth has made a gift of $50,000 to the University of Memphis’ Millington Center.
The Center, which currently enrolls 630 students, offers undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from business administration to education. It may eventually become home to grant-funded research projects, extended learning classes, and a small-business incubator program.
“BancorpSouth is excited about partnering with the U of M in its endeavor to provide higher education opportunities for the Mid-South,” said Chris Bomprezzi, president of BancorpSouth Millington. “We look forward to this ongoing partnership in which both BancorpSouth and the U of M can continue to grow together to help our community.”
Sam Cox, U of M director of business development, expressed the University’s appreciation for the gift. “We are elated to join with BancorpSouth as educational partners at the University of Memphis Millington Center,” said Cox. “Their gift will be used to support, promote, and foster our efforts in Millington and its surrounding communities.”
The Millington Center celebrated the opening of its second phase in October. The second phase encompasses 40,000 square feet on the ground floor of the former Navy Hospital. It holds 26 classrooms, including two computer labs, four private study rooms, a long-distance learning room, as well as three rooms that can be combined to create a 100-seat lecture area; that area is now sponsored by BancorpSouth. There is also office space for administrators and graduate students.The $4 million renovation is the second major expansion the U of M has completed there since it assumed control of the 38 acres of former U.S. Navy property in December 2002. In 2004, the 13,000 sq. ft. Willis Hall opened with 10 classrooms and two computer labs. In the future third phase, the University will renovate the former hospital’s upper floors for use as classrooms and research facilities.
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