Coca-Cola donates $1M to CSU to create servant leadership center

Coca-Cola donates $1M to CSU to create servant leadership center
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated $1,000,000 to Columbus State University so they can create The William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership.

With the donation, the university’s undergraduate Servant Leadership program will be able to continue their academic and service curriculum as well as integrate their core values into staff and faculty enrichment and leadership development programs.

“We believe that it is critical that we all support the next generation of leaders,” said President of the Coca-Cola Foundation Helen Smith Price. "We are proud to have been one of the first supporters of The Servant Leadership Program at Columbus State University almost 20 years ago. Due to the success of the program, we are now providing this grant to help ensure that Mr. Turner’s vision for the program continues for years to come.

The undergraduate Servant Leadership program was launched in 1999 with Turner devoting time and money to creating endowments for students within the program.

“Mr. Turner’s vision of Servant Leadership is deeply ingrained in the culture of CSU,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “The undergraduate program provides CSU students with a one-of-a-kind experience, unmatched by any other university, and the leadership development opportunities for faculty and staff help to shape service-minded leaders for our university, community, and world.”

The announcement of the donation was made at the Servant Leadership program’s annual celebration breakfast by Price and members of the Turner family.

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