FLORENCE---Emerson F. Gower Jr, vice president of the southern region of CP&L and other officials of the Raleigh based utility, were on hand to dedicate the Jackson Innovation Place laboratory at Francis Marion University Tuesday, December 5.
This high-tech computer laboratory in the School of Education was named for the late J. R. Bryan Jackson, a Florence businessman who died in 1996.
Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer of Superior Machine Co. upon his death, was on the board of directors of CP&L and a life-long advocate for quality education.
A gift from CP&L that helped establish Innovation Place, and the balance of the $100,000 gift will be used to endow the operation of the computer lab to be known as J.R. Bryan Jackson Innovation Place. On Monday, CP&L changed its corporate name to Progress Energy.
During the dedication ceremony, FMU President Fred Carter said, that the computer lab had already been the catalyst for the university’s securing two major research grants. “CP&L’s commitment to this university is a marvelous way to ensure its future,” he said.
Gower and Mrs. Jackson unveiled the plaque commemorating the naming of the computer lab. Gower said, it was fitting that Bryan Jackson be honored in this way, because his “main focus was education.”
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