History of the New Brock School of Business
Samford University officially dedicated Cooney Hall, new home of the Brock School of Business, in a ceremony on Sept. 4, 2015. Our $25 million four-story structure features a breathtaking glass atrium in the middle of the building that looks down three floors to an imposing lobby. Emblazoned on the floor of the lobby is the Samford University seal. Surrounding the lobby are donor walls listing the many people who made the building possible.
A school is about more than structures. Bricks and mortar don’t make a school, it’s the individuals that do.” "In the new building, we have bricks and mortar, combined with heart and soul… as Harry Brock would want. Gary Cooney, vice chairman of McGriff, Seibels and Williams Inc., and a member of the Samford Board of Overseers and a 1974 Samford graduate
State-of-the-Art Portfolio Management Room
Cooney Hall is the home of a state-of-the-art portfolio management room with six Bloomberg terminals that enable students to have access to comprehensive research capabilities and financial data worldwide. Students using the room are able to present their analysis to classmates and industry leaders in a Wall Street-type setting. The ticker outside the portfolio room is programmed to rotate updated NASDAQ or NYSE data 24 hours a day.
Student Incubator Fostering an Entrepreneurial Spirit
Our Student Incubator is designed to offer an atmosphere for students in the entrepreneurship program who want to launch a new business. The area is supported by technology, administration and faculty and allows student start-ups to minimize costs and overhead when starting their new businesses.
The Brock School of Business is one of my dad’s biggest legacies; he opened his heart to Samford University with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people through strong business education in a Christian environment. One thing I would like to point out is that the donor wall on the first floor is made of the wood from the oak tree that once stood on this site, and like that old oak tree, my dad’s spirit will be forever woven into the fabric of this building, this campus, this university and will make a difference in the lives of young people for generations to come. Harry B. Brock III, Samford’s executive vice president and the son of Harry B. Brock Jr.
The technology located throughout the building allows students and professors to learn at the highest technological level possible. Microsoft and Apple software and hardware are available throughout the building in classrooms and computer labs. There are cameras for filming lectures and providing streaming capabilities for executives speaking on campus as well as for posting on social media platforms and websites. In addition, in the Student Commons area, the furniture is equipped with data ports for students to learn in a relaxed setting.