The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has named its namesake, Charles Collat, member emeritus of the Dean’s Advisory Board. The honor recognizes Collat, former Mayer CEO, for his active participation, philanthropy, and dedicated service to the board for more than a decade. Collat will assume his new role on Sept. 22, 2020.
The member emeritus recognition is the first of its kind for the advisory board and is reserved for members who have created a lasting legacy to the school. Collat, along with late wife Patsy, have been longtime supporters of UAB, investing personal and commercial support into programs within the Collat School of Business and the university.
“We are indeed fortunate to have had our benefactor, Mr. Charles Collat Sr., intimately involved for many years with our Dean’s Advisory Board,” said Collat School Dean Eric P. Jack, Ph.D. “In 2013, he generously designated $25 million in gifts and pledges to name the Collat School of Business. These endowed funds are used annually to recruit a diverse student body, with undergraduate cohorts of Collat Scholars receiving $5,000 per year for four years.”
Before naming the Collat School of Business, the Collats named and supported the Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution Program and the Ben S. Weil Endowed Chair of Industrial Distribution.
In addition to generous contributions to the Collat School of Business, the Collat family has donated substantially to the Department of Neurology in the UAB School of Medicine, establishing the Charles A. and Patsy W. Collat Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery and the Patsy W. and Charles A. Collat Endowed Scholarship in Neuroscience.
As member emeritus, Collat will continue to offer direction and guidance to the business school. Son Charlie Collat, Executive Vice President of Mayer, has agreed to take his father’s seat on the board and serve on behalf of the Collat family.
“We look forward to deepening our relationships with the Collat family,” Jack said.