The gift from Tim Cobb '86, chairman and
CEO of edaflow Corp., supports the center's programs and names
the new building's 400-seat theater for Harold J. Cobb Sr., a
retired Baptist minister in Durham. The theater will host
performances, large lectures and public events sponsored by the
center and by other campus groups.
"It is appropriate that this very
public space in the center carry Dr. Cobb's name,"
Chancellor James Moeser said. "He instilled in his sons a
love of learning and a passion for service, and he has served
our state as a minister and a community leader."
Tim Cobb, a Durham native, said naming
the Stone Center's theater after his father is a tribute to
those values his father brought to his community and his
children. Cobb Sr. was a leader in Burlington's civil rights
movement who spent most of his professional career ministering
and educating in his community.
"At a time when most folks are
thinking about retiring, he started a new church in
Durham," Tim Cobb said. "It's a center for the
community and for worship, it has a college extension program,
and the city uses it for health services. It's the culmination
of his idea for what a church can be."
Cobb said his father instilled in him an
understanding of the importance of education. "One of the
strongest values he passed on to me is the value of
education," he said. "He encouraged me to think very
broadly about the world."
The younger Cobb graduated from UNC's
Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1986 and earned a law degree
from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He and business
partner Jeff Levy established an internet company that measured
web site audiences and became known as the Nielsen of internet.
He now heads edaflow Corporation, an e-commerce venture serving
the apparel industry.
The Stone Center offers academic
programs and activities for all students. It is one of the
nation's leading centers for research, teaching, learning and
public service related to black history and culture. The center
sponsors activities including conferences, lectures and outreach
Besides the Dr. Harold J. Cobb Sr.
Theater, the new 44,500 square-foot, $9 million building, funded
entirely with private gifts, will house seminar rooms,
classrooms, a 10,000-volume specialized library, an art gallery,
a dance studio, a multipurpose room for performances, lectures
and meetings, and office suites for the Upward Bound program,
the Institute of African American Research and the Stone Center.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2003.
Visit the Sonja Haynes Stone Black
Cultural Center at www.unc.edu/depts/bcc/
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