Groundbreaking Set For Schuster Student Success Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. - As part of a daylong celebration kicking off Columbus State University’s 50th anniversary, campus and community members will gather at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 to officially break ground on the university’s next building.

The Schuster Student Success Center will be built at the front door to main campus, right inside the University Avenue entrance. The new building will house the following programs and offices:

• Servant Leadership Program
• Honors Program
• Counseling Center
• Career Center
• Center for Academic Support and Student Retention
• Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
• Office of the Dean of University College

The Schuster Center will be located between University Hall (formerly called Fine Arts Hall) and the Center for Commerce and Technology. Devoted to developing future generations of leaders, the Schuster Center is named for Schuster Enterprises Chairman Marvin Schuster and the Schuster family in recognition of a generous gift to the university’s capital campaign and for dedicated leadership, commitment and support for the university over the last two decades.

Schuster Enterprises, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest Burger King franchise groups, with dozens of stores in Georgia and Alabama.

From the beginning of his career, Marvin Schuster has balanced his business career with active participation in the community, said CSU President Frank Brown.

“Marvin Schuster is a longtime friend of Columbus State University and this community,” Brown said. “His service to CSU, his generosity, his guidance and his support have played a pivotal role in the growth of the university and its impact on the community.

The 37,700-square foot building will cost about $9 million to build and equip. University officials are expecting it to open in fall 2009. Many of the departments moving into the new building will move from the neighboring Davidson Student Center, freeing up space in that building for more student activities and programming for CSU’s 7,600 students.

For more information, contact John Lester, executive director of community and public relations, at 706-562-1652. For more information about 50th Anniversary celebration activities Thursday, visit