Kennesaw Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Michael J Coles College of Business

first_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman regions: Atlanta On the 25th anniversary of the renaming of the Michael J. Coles College of Business, Michael Coles is still taken aback.“I see my name on everything the College does, and it’s overwhelming,” Coles recently said, celebrating the anniversary on campus. “I can’t describe what it feels like having my name attached to something that is so much bigger than my personal life.” “It’s always extraordinarily humbling when I visit Kennesaw State, especially the Coles College,” Coles told KSU News. “I knew there was tremendous potential, but no one could have imagined how much it would grow. Whenever I walk into the [Burruss] Building, I am overwhelmed by what’s happening there.”Nearly three decades ago, Coles, the Great American Cookie Company co-founder and CEO of Caribou Coffee, joined the Kennesaw State University board of trustees. His growing interest in the business school—then commonly referred to as “Entrepreneurial U”—eventually lead him to guest lecture roles. In 1994, he cemented his legacy with the school through his donation via the Coles-Novak Family Foundation.Coles College of Business Dean Kathy Schwaig, at the Oct. 17 anniversary event, said, “It’s always a pleasure when we can bring Michael to the College. His story and his entrepreneurial spirit are truly inspiring.”Michael Coles, center, cutting the anniversary ribbon at the Michael J. Coles College of Business / Photo via David CaselliFormer Dean Tim Mescon, also in attendance at the Wednesday event, told Patrick Harbin at KSU News:“The naming allowed the Coles College to truly promote itself aggressively and in a most enthusiastic manner to the community at large. Michael loved the entrepreneurial spirit of the College and knew that, with his investment, he could make a profound and indelible impact on the institution.”The event also marks the release of Coles’ newest book, Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life. Those in attendance at the event, including students, were lucky enough to receive a free copy of the book, along with a much-loved piece of cookie cake.You can find out more about the recent Kennesaw State Coles College anniversary here. Kennesaw Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Michael J. Coles College of Businesscenter_img Last Updated Oct 19, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedColes College Namesake Michael J. Coles Elected Board Chairman of Brand Group HoldingsMichael J. Coles, the namesake of Kennesaw State University’s College of Business, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors for Brand Group Holdings. Prior to his election as chairman, Coles served on the Brand Group Holdings board since 2011, and served as the former Chairman of Charter Bank…August 31, 2015In “Featured Region”Coles Inducts First Members to Business Hall of FameOn February 18, the Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business held an inaugural induction ceremony for their Business Hall of Fame. The honorees are: Michael J. Coles – president & executive chairman, Global Onboard Partners Gene Henssler – president & CIO, Henssler Financial Connie Engel – partner, Childress…February 27, 2015In “Featured Home”Submissions Open for KSU Top Startup 100 Competition at ColesThe Kennesaw State University – Michael J. Coles College of Business has recently announced the opening of submissions for its annual KSU Top Startup 100 competition. Each year, the KSU Top 100 pitch competition is sponsored by the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at Coles. The goal of the center is to…February 1, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more