SC State University announces first corporate naming on campus

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Board of Trustees of South Carolina State University has approved the first corporate naming rights opportunity in the University’s history in connection with the planned construction of its new engineering and computer science building this fall.

During the recent commencement ceremony, SC State’s President Dr. George Cooper announced that the Board formally accepted two donations totaling $180,000 from the Fluor Corporation and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, a Fluor-led partnership that is managing and operating the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC.

The facility, which will have more than 21,000 square feet of academic space, will feature an auditorium, classrooms and laboratories for the two departments, including the only undergraduate nuclear engineering program in South Carolina.

“We are pleased to have the first corporate naming rights opportunity come from a company with a rich South Carolina heritage like Fluor along with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.  Their donation speaks volumes to the confidence they have in the University and the students we continue to produce.  We look forward to this and future opportunities for our students,” said George Cooper, President.     

“We are excited about this donation,” said Garry Flowers, President and Chief Executive Officer of SRNS and an officer of Fluor Corporation. “It demonstrates the university's partnership with Fluor and with SRNS. We recognize that there is a severe shortage of engineers nationally, so the university will be well positioned to address this need and to partner with others in the industry to prepare our best and brightest students for challenging career opportunities – some possibly at SRS.”

Groundbreaking is expected in September.