Eric Jack 2013Eric P. Jack, Ph.D., dean of the Charles and Patsy Collat School of Business, is leading The Campaign for UAB—and his school—by example. He made a significant initial gift to establish a faculty/staff campaign in the school.

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In recognition of the $25 million transformative gift that we recently received from Patsy W. and Charles A. Collat, we are now proud to be named the Collat School of Business. As Dean, I want to share my sentiments about this gift from three perspectives:  gratitude, prominence and benevolence. 

Charles Collat interviewed during half-time at the UAB vs. Northwestern State game on Sept. 21, 2013.

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The UAB School of Business is named for longtime supporters Charles and Patsy Collat in recognition of their $25 million in gifts and pledges to the school.

The UAB School of Business will be named for longtime supporters Charles and Patsy Collat in recognition of their $25 million in gifts and pledges to the school.

The naming, approved today by the University of Alabama System’s Board of Trustees, comes as the university prepares to publicly launch the Campaign for UAB, its most ambitious fundraising campaign to-date, with the Collat donation as the lead gift.

Charles Collat is former CEO of Mayer Electric Supply Company Inc. Under his leadership, Mayer grew to be one of Birmingham’s largest privately held companies. He and his wife Patsy are longtime supporters of UAB, and their collective gifts represent the largest philanthropic support from any donor to UAB. The naming will make The Charles and Patsy Collat School of Business the first school at UAB to carry the name of a benefactor.

Accounting student Meredith Burbank scored 5 offers from top firms, including 2 from the Big Four, during the highly competitive spring internship recruitment season for accounting. Plus, she already has a summer internship lined up with HealthSouth.  

AACSB vert RGB 300Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the international seal of approval for business and accounting programs that insures students receive the most enriching education in business-related programs through high quality, continuous improvement and excellence in education.

UAB is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of students through high quality, rigorous standards of faculty and academic programs, and prepares students to be competitive in the business community and graduate school.

“We have good programs, highest-quality faculty — in terms of their currency and their research— and we have good outcomes,” says Wells Fargo Endowed Chair and Dean of the Collat School of Business Dr. Eric P. Jack.

Only approximately 600 business schools world-wide have achieved this seal of excellence and out of that number only 170 schools, including UAB, have achieved accreditation for both business and accounting programs. UAB was among the first 17 accounting programs to receive accreditation by AACSB the very first year the association began evaluating accounting programs in 1982.

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