Crowley Maritime donates $ 2.5 million to set up a navigation research center at UNF

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Posted on June 25, 2021 at 5:27 PM by

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The U.S. naval operator and logistics company Crowley Maritime announced on Friday that they had donated $ 2.5 million to create and endow a new center of excellence for shipping at the University of North Florida.

The new Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics (CCTL) will be housed at the Coggin College of Business at UNF and will draw on the expertise of faculty from across the university.

Crowley is headquartered in Jacksonville, the hub of its shipping and logistics services serving Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America. Its head office is located approximately 10 minutes from the UNF campus, and the orientation of the new center will complement Crowley’s core business. The company’s charitable work has always supported careers in logistics, and the donation continues this tradition.

“This donation represents a strategic investment in the future of our industry – the talent and knowledge of our leaders of tomorrow and the research needed to successfully propel our industry,” said Tom Crowley, President and CEO of the company. “We are honored to be able to play a role in supporting the advancement of researchers, students and their careers in transportation and logistics. The University of North Florida, a dynamic educational leader in one of the world’s logistics service hubs, is the rightful home of our new center. “

The center is designed to be a premier hub for transportation and logistics research, education, and industry engagement. The endowment will help fund its operations and leadership, faculty support, visiting scholars, industrial research, the pursuit of federally funded grants and contracts, student recruitment, and course development.

“The UNF is extremely grateful for this generous donation from Crowley to establish a distinguished center for research and education in transportation and logistics,” said UNF President David Szymanski. “Our partnership and alliance with Crowley will enable UNF’s Coggin College of Business and the Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics to be at the forefront of cutting-edge teaching and research and to help prepare our students. to acquire skills for the labor market.

UNF’s Coggin College of Business Transportation and Logistics program is already rated as one of the best in the United States, thanks to a supportive regional professional community and a high-tech logistics computer lab enabling students become familiar with advanced supply chain tools. .

“Crowley Maritime’s donation to establish this center is not only important to Coggin College and the UNF, but is a major investment in Jacksonville,” said Richard Buttimer, Dean of UNF Coggin College of Business. . “This center will educate future generations of transportation, logistics and supply chain leaders, and ensure that Jacksonville and Northeast Florida have a world-class pool of talent and leadership for this. vital industry.

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