MC School of Business Dedicates J. L. Holloway Center
November 15, 2007The new J. L. Holloway Business & Technology Center at the Mississippi College School of Business is named for a Mississippian who's been a generous supporter of the Christian university.
MC leaders recently thanked Holloway for his many contributions, especially those to the School of Business, by dedicating the state-of-the art learning facility in his honor in Self Hall.
Holloway's strong support has enabled the School of Business to construct the facility, create the J. L. Holloway MBA scholarship program and launch a faculty development fund to help professors advance with additional training opportunities. Self Hall is now undergoing more than $1.2 million in renovations that will be completed in August 2008.
"There is one word that appropriately describes the impact of Mr. Holloway's support for the School of Business at Mississippi College: transformational," said Marcelo Eduardo, the business school dean. "Because of his generosity, we are a better, a more dynamic and more effective business school."
President Lee Royce, who joined with School of Business supporters to at last week's dedication ceremony, saluted Holloway as a longtime friend and supporter of MC. "His gifts have supported many aspects of our work and his support of the School of Business has taken it to a new level of service to the students and the community."
Holloway is chairman and president of Tenax, LLC, a Mississippi based capital investment firm. In April 2006, the MC School of Business honored Holloway with its Entrepreneurship and Executive Excellence Award.
Holloway's latest support for the School of Business has made possible much of the makeover for its headquarters at Self Hall, including modern classrooms equipped with stadium seating, power-up station and wireless connectivity throughout the building, stock tickers and screens broadcasting data from Wall Street and international markets. His support has enabled people like Amy Horne to pursue their education.
Horne, who holds an MBA and is a J. L. Holloway Scholar who now works at Nissan, said "My ability to pursue an MBA at a top business school like the one at Mississippi College has been made possible only through Mr. Holloway's generosity."
Duane Hamill, another MBA, who works at Raytheon Industries, said the deciding factor for him to attend MC's School of Business and get his master's on the Clinton campus, was the Holloway scholarship.
MC's School of Business MBA program is the oldest and largest in metropolitan Jackson. Holloway is a believer in it. "The Christian aspect of education that Mississippi College offers gives students the foundation to create a meaningful life for themselves," he said. "Also, the faculty and staff at MC are second to none. The leaders possess excitement, energy, dedication and a passion for what they are doing. MC is a wonderful institution and we are blessed to have it in the metropolitan Jackson area."
MC students like Eliott Vines, 23, of Philadelphia, who's pursuing a graduate degree in accounting, say the university is truly fortunate to have backers like Holloway. His support is enabling the School of Business to showcase top-notch facilities, he said. "Everyone loves it,'' Vines said of the J. L. Holloway Business & Technology Center, a few feet from the building's front-door. "We needed aesthetic improvements big-time,'' he said. "This is one of the steps.''
Self Hall has "changed tremendously - that's for sure," added Greg Holloway, 25, of Ridgeland, an MBA student at MC and son of the Mississippi businessman. He said he's proud of the 21st Century facilities at the School of Business and appreciates his father's strong support of the institution.
Thanks to the J. L. Holloway Business and Technology Center, MC leaders say the new facility along College Street gives students the tools they will need to succeed around the globe for generations to come.
PHOTO: J. L. Holloway (left), pictured with Marcelo Eduardo, business school dean, during the center's dedication in his honor.