Hagwood CowartChad T. Hagwood, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Capital One Multifamily Finance in Birmingham, graduated from UAB in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment Institutional Finance. He’s been giving back to UAB ever since, by mentoring students, chairing the Finance Department Advisory Council, and establishing the Tommy and Anne Hagwood Endowed Scholarship in Real Estate in 2007 to honor his parents.

His latest gift of $250,000 will name a classroom in the new Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in honor of Lary B. Cowart, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assistant Professor of Real Estate and Finance.

“I have been very blessed and fortunate to have several great mentors in my life, and one of those mentors is Dr. Lary Cowart,” he says. “I met Dr. Cowart in the fall of 1991 when I took an intro to real estate class. During my three years at UAB, Dr. Cowart’s advice, wisdom and knowledge was invaluable to me, and I attribute much of my success to what I learned at UAB from Dr. Cowart and other fantastic faculty at the Collat School of Business.

“Dr. Cowart and I remain close friends to this day, and I find his advice as valuable today as I did those many years ago,” he adds. “He is truly a credit to UAB, and I believe it is only fitting to honor my good friend who has helped so many people through his talents in and out of the classroom.”

Cowart says this is not the first time Hagwood has helped the School or its students. “He has always stepped up for student groups,” he says. “Just a few years ago, he made a sizable contribution to the finance club to help support their activities. He’s done a lot of things behind the scenes. He doesn’t seek recognition for his giving. He does it because that’s the way he feels about UAB.”

“The Collat School of Business has done so much for so many, including me,” Hagwood says. “Giving back and being a part of this transformational project is an honor.”