The University of North Georgia held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Cottrell Center for Business, Technology and Innovation on the Dahlonega campus on Monday, Nov. 9.
The Cottrell Center is set to open for classes in fall 2022 and will be the new home of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. The center will house business and computer science programs with specialized labs, student engagement spaces and high technology classrooms to enhance student learning.
"This new home for the MCCB will signal to students that we are providing them with a state-of-the-art learning experience that prepares them for success in the workplace," said Dr. Mary Gowan, dean of the MCCB, in a statement Wednesday. "The Cottrell Center design is competitive with the design of the best business school facilities in the state."
Construction of the Cottrell Center is funded by a $10 million gift from Mike Cottrell, the college’s namesake benefactor, and his wife Lynn Cottrell, in addition to $21.8 million in state funds for design and construction.
"Lynn and I are very excited that this project is underway. The Cottrell Center for Business, Technology & Innovation will really put our college on the map. When we gave the naming gift in 2006, we saw the potential for having a first-rate business school in north Georgia," Cottrell said. "This new home for the college will be transformative as it provides the right space for the college to continue to build its reputation as the best place to study business in Georgia."