Synovus Invests in CSU Growth Through First Choice Campaign


COLUMBUS, Ga. – Synovus Financial Corp., headquartered in Columbus, has extended its investment in Columbus State University by participating in the university’s First Choice Campaign and providing long-term support to various programs, including business and leadership development.

Synovus’ multi-year commitment to the university will support CSU’s Turner College of Business, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, and the new tennis complex at Cooper Creek Park. Synovus’ contributions will also support the construction of Frank D. Brown Hall on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus, the new home for many of CSU’s education and nursing programs currently under construction next door to Synovus’ corporate headquarters.

“We are extremely grateful for Synovus’ continued partnership with Columbus State University, and for their continued faith in our ability to have a positive impact on this community,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “Synovus is one of the country’s most reputable banks. We are proud to be associated with them and even more proud they employ many of our alumni, including those in key executive leadership positions.”

Synovus has provided financial support, leadership and other resources to Columbus State for more than half a century. The company has been a lead sponsor since 2006 of the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, organized annually by CSU’s Leadership Institute. Synovus also supports CSU’s annual fund, Cougar Athletics, and the university’s Schwob School of Music, and allows its employees to volunteer in support of the university’s efforts.

“Columbus State University has been a vital part of life in this community for nearly 60 years, and we are proud to continue our longstanding support of our hometown and the university with this investment,” said Becky Rumer, Synovus’ chief administrative officer.