College of Business breaks ground on new home

(Above) BGSU officials and lead donors break ground on the Maurer Center. Pictured from left are state Sen. Randy Gardner ’81, ’81; Robert W. Maurer ‘ 65; Patricia A. Maurer; Nijah Slaughter ’20; BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers ’81; BGSU Board of Trustees chair Daniel R. Keller ‘ 72; and College of Business Dean Raymond W. Braun ’80.

(Above) BGSU officials and lead donors break ground on the Maurer Center. Pictured from left are state Sen. Randy Gardner ’81, ’81; Robert W. Maurer ‘ 65; Patricia A. Maurer; Nijah Slaughter ’20; BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers ’81; BGSU Board of Trustees chair Daniel R. Keller ‘ 72; and College of Business Dean Raymond W. Braun ’80.

College of Business breaks ground on new home

Maurer family provides lead gift

By Colleen Rerucha and Anne-Margaret Swary

Bowling Green State University celebrated a historic moment during Homecoming weekend as it broke ground on the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center, the new home to the College of Business, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

The project includes the complete renovation of the existing Hanna Hall and a 50,000-square foot addition. Prominently located on the Wooster Street corridor, the Maurer Center will serve as a gateway to the academic core of campus and will have a far-reaching impact on the student learning experience and interaction with employers and alumni.

Robert Maurer ‘65 and his wife, Patricia, provided $5 million as the generous lead gift for the new business facility. Other donors have also responded with commitments to support construction of this academic facility that will advance discovery-based learning and collaboration.

“The Maurer Center will support preparation of our students, and the growing impact and leadership of BGSU’s College of Business, with an immersive and active-learning environment rather than traditional lecture-style classrooms,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers. “We are grateful to the Maurers and all of our generous donors who share our vision for a bold approach to business education by contributing to this renovation. Their support and confidence in BGSU’s commitment to changing lives for the world will influence generations to come.”

The building will utilize leading-edge technology and non-traditional space to facilitate faculty teaching methods that expand and enhance knowledge.

“In active-learning classrooms, faculty serve as learning coaches rather than disseminators of technical knowledge, facilitating problem-solving discussions and helping students master the course content as well as the critical thinking, presentation and teamwork skills that are so important in business,” said Ray Braun, dean of the College of Business. “With our emphasis on experiential learning, the Maurer Center will improve our ability to interact with employers and alumni, assisting us in our educational mission.”

Students are also excited for the anticipated completion of the new facility.

“The Maurer Center is designed to enhance the learning experience with input from students,” said Nijah Slaughter ’20, a business administration major specializing in international business and marketing. “As business students, we are taught the importance of collaborating with each other and working in teams. The Maurer Center will feature multiple areas where we can collaborate with project teams, gather for organization meetings and also focus on individual studies.”

The three-story Maurer Center has been designed to model a modern corporate environment, to support the development and education of 21st century business leaders and entrepreneurs. Many conference, collaboration and meeting rooms will provide accessible and functional space for students, faculty, staff, business partners and the community.

The design will facilitate opportunities to engage with business leaders during symposiums and conferences that focus on topics such as leadership, analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Centers and Institutes Suite will feature the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, office and meeting space for the Business Analytics Center, the Risk Management Institute, the Supply Chain Institute and the Center for Regional Development.

In an era of big data and data-driven decision making, the Maurer Center’s technology and trading lab will help students better understand analytic concepts and applications. Faculty will be able to incorporate business simulation exercises in their classes and demonstrate business outcomes of student decisions, in real time.

More than 25 areas in the Maurer Center have been named by donors, including the following named with principal gifts:

  • William F. and Peggy L. Schmeltz Atrium – the premier gathering space for educational and networking events for faculty, staff, students and business professionals.
  • Sister Mary Noreen Gray, R.S.M. Student Success Hub – housing the college’s advising and coaching student service areas.
  • Riedl Courtyard – gateway to the Maurer Center that provides outdoor meeting space to facilitate small gatherings and events.
  • Michael R. and Mary Lee McGranaghan Dean’s Suite offices and conference area for College of Business leadership.

 Several featured spaces are still available for naming, including pavilion classrooms, a trading and simulation lab, learning lab, student organization suite, advising suite, conference rooms and faculty offices.

Learn more about the Maurer Center