Kent State announces new building, name for business college

This is what Crawford Hall will look like once it opens in the fall of 2024 as the home of the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

The largest gift in Kent State University’s history will help build a new $71 million business building to be named Crawford Hall after benefactor Edward Crawford, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2019-21.

The Kent State University Board of Trustees also voted Friday to immediately rename the College of Business Administration as the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Ambassador Edward Crawford discusses his reasons for supporting Kent State University's business school, which is now named in his honor. Crawford served as ambassador to Ireland from 2019-21.

“Ambassador Crawford has spent his life as a successful entrepreneur and business owner, growing his company from the ground up,” said Kent State University President Dr. Todd Diacon. “To have earned his confidence in our College of Business Administration, which will bear his name both on the college and on its new building, makes us very proud. Our students will not only be educated in an iconic facility with a forward-thinking design, but they will also be able to look to him as a mentor for their own entrepreneurial and business endeavors. We are very thankful for his support.”

Christin Hakim

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