Crawford hailed for opening KSU business school

Crawford hailed for opening KSU business school

Large crowds of supporters watched Kent State University open the $71 million Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Crawford Hall on Tuesday.

Crowds gathered in a large tent near the former site of Terrace Hall, which was demolished last month to make way for the structure. The new building will be built on the footprint of Terrace Hall and will be located just east of White Hall at the north end of campus.

The project is part of the Gateway Master Plan, a campus-wide facility improvement plan that could take up to 10 years from its inception in 2018 and $1.2 billion to complete.

The building will be named after Edward Crawford, a businessman and US Ambassador to Ireland from 2019-21, cited as the project’s “major donor”. other donors would also be recognized and parts of the building would also be named after them.

Kent State University broke ground on Tuesday on the new Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.  Crawford Hall will be located in the recently razed Terrace Hall space on the front campus.  The name honors Ambassador Edward F. Crawford, who spoke with Kent State entrepreneurship students Sony Kipre and Adam Yossef after the ceremony.

Crawford spoke about the day Kent State President Todd Diacon and KSU College of Business Dean Deborah Spake visited him at his office in ParkOhio in Cleveland. As they talked about the proposed center, Crawford said he was beginning to share their excitement and wished he could have attended a business school like the one they described.