The University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled a sign at a recent celebration in honor of longtime supporters Charles and Patsy Collat of Mayer Electric Supply, Birmingham, Ala. The business school was officially named The Collat School of Business in September and is the first UAB School to carry the name of a benefactor. The Collats donated $25 million in gifts and pledges and are the lead contributors towards the university’s goal of $1 billion in The Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything.

Students and faculty who attended the celebration had the opportunity to meet Charles Collat and personally convey what his gift means to them and to the future of the business school. “It is such an honor for Patsy and me to be associated with a school of such diversity, one that cares so deeply about the success of its students,” said Charles. “Today gives me a wonderful sense of pride, and I hope it will inspire others to support UAB, an institution that is so important to our city, our state and our nation.”

The university plans to use the money help build new academic and student facilities as well as expanding scholarship opportunities, faculty recruitment and research.