UW-Green Bay and its Business program say ‘thank-you’ to the Cofrins

Austin E. Cofrin School of Business receptionIt was a reunion of business and accounting faculty, past and present, along with former Fort Howard and current Georgia/Pacific executives, when UW-Green Bay leadership hosted a private reception on Oct. 5 at the Weidner Center.

The guest of honor was Paige Cofrin of Boulder, Colo. (second from left, above). Speakers praised the generosity of his father, the late Dr. David A. Cofrin, whose multi-million-dollar donation in 2009 was the largest academic gift in University history. The focus of the event, however, was to celebrate the memory of Fort Howard Paper Co. founder Austin E. Cofrin, who was David’s father and Paige’s grandfather.

Chancellor Thomas Harden (above, left) described a proud past and bright future for the business program, and said the University was proud to name the program the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Posing with Harden and Paige Cofrin in the photo are the former chairman and CEO of the Fort Howard Paper Co., Don DeMeuse, and Georgia Pacific Vice President Kelly Wolff (far right), director of Green Bay manufacturing.

A public celebration and open house is likely for 2011 when the School of Business moves back into its permanent home once remodeling of L.G. Wood Hall is complete.

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Photos by Eric Miller, Office of Marketing and University Communication

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