PEMBROKE — The global food service giant Sodexo is investing $1 million toward construction of a new multi-million dollar facility that will house The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s School of Business.
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings made the announcement last week that the money will be used to establish an eatery inside the new building.
“As a world leader in its industry, Sodexo knows how to spot a good opportunity,” Cummings said. “We are pleased they recognize the value of investing in UNC Pembroke and our School of Business and appreciate their continued partnership.”
Sodexo’s announcement comes on the heels of the university receiving $7 million for the School of Business from UNCP Trustee Jim Thomas and his wife, Sally — the largest gift in university history, $4 million of which will go toward construction of the new building.
The university plans to construct a $36 million state-of-the-art facility. Sodexo’s investment will be added to the $23 million UNCP received from the Connect NC Bond, $2 million in Golden LEAF funds, and the recent gift from Jim and Sally Thomas.
Golden LEAF and $4 million of the Thomases’ gift require the university to raise an equal amount to match the funds.