BCOE building named in honor of benefactors


Chantal and Tommy Bagwell continue a family tradition of bestowing gifts to Kennesaw State University

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 9, 2016) — The new Education Building at Kennesaw State University has a new name. The naming of the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building and the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Endowed Chair are both in recognition of $3 million in gifts from the couple.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the renaming of the building in recognition of two separate gifts the Bagwells recently made to the university – $2 million earmarked for the new building and $1 million for the Bagwell Endowed Chair. The Endowed Chair will be a three-to-five year position in an area of expertise that is aligned with the goals outlined in the College’s strategic plan.

“The Bagwell family has a long history of philanthropy and service to Kennesaw State University beginning in 1996, when Mrs. Clarice Bagwell — Mr. Bagwell’s mother — made a generous gift to name the Bagwell College of Education,” President Daniel S. Papp said. “We are so honored by the family’s continued trust and investment in the College, which enables the faculty, staff and administrators to continue being leaders in preparing the next generation of teachers and administrators.”

The University’s new Education Building addition, which houses the Bagwell College of Education, was funded by $20.3 million in state funds. Opened in August 2015, the 78,756-square-foot facility significantly expanded facilities to meet the growing demands of faculty, staff and students. The state-of-the-art building contains classrooms, computer labs, seminar rooms, student study areas, conference rooms, department suites and the dean’s suite.

Tommy Bagwell is the owner of American Proteins Inc., and Chantal Bagwell serves on the company’s board of directors. Both are active members of the community. Mr. Bagwell is a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation and served as the charter president of the Forsyth Rotary Club. He also has served on the boards of Elachee Nature Center, Lanier Technical College, Brenau University, Gainsesville State College, The Carter Center Board of Councilors, and as the election observer for The Carter Center in Venezuela and Peru. Chantal Bagwell was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the “REACH” Foundation board. She also is a trustee of the Children's Healthcare Foundation, a member of the Woman’s Advocacy Group in Gainesville, and was previously a member of the Circle for Children and the Sawnee Woman’s Club.

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