TAMPA — BBVA Compass and The University of Tampa today announced the debut of the BBVA Compass Boardroom inside the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center on the top floor of the University’s new eight-story Innovation and Collaboration Building. The naming is in honor of the bank’s recent gift to the university.
“BBVA Compass places a high priority on innovation as we strive to become the digital bank of the future,” said Kevin Shukur, Tampa market president for BBVA Compass. “Being part of the development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs through this gift aligns perfectly with that objective.”
The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is a model entrepreneurship space designed to bring together students, educators and experienced entrepreneurs to generate, refine and develop entrepreneurial concepts and to launch new ventures.
The newly named BBVA Compass Boardroom is a centrally located space in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center that seats 20 and offers sweeping views of campus, downtown and Tampa Bay. It is adorned with wood and stone features and equipped with multimedia capabilities. The boardroom will serve as a meeting space for a variety of events and activities with local, national and international leaders.
“The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is such an important initiative for The University of Tampa, and we’re pleased BBVA Compass has decided to join us in our efforts to educate future entrepreneurs and spark continued entrepreneurial activity in Tampa Bay,” said UT President Ronald Vaughn.
About The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves approximately 8,000 students from 50 states and 140 countries. UT offers 200 academic programs of study in its undergraduate and graduate colleges. Approximately two-thirds of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (second), Texas (fourth) and Arizona (fifth). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration, and its mobile app recently earned the Mobile Banking Leader in Functionality Award for the second consecutive year from Javelin Strategy & Research. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com
Editor’s Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.
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