Huntington Bank makes largest corporate gift to BGSU campaign

BGSU and Huntington Bank have a long-term relationship that recently became even stronger. In September, Huntington announced its commitment to give a Bowling Green building to the BGSU Foundation, as the company’s donation to the Building Dreams Centennial Campaign.

The building, valued at $1.5 million, is located at 1851 N. Research Drive, which is part of the research park on the east side of Interstate 75. Previously the building housed the operations center for the former Sky Bank, which was part of Huntington’s acquisition when it purchased Sky in 2007.

The gift is the largest corporate donation to the University’s major fund-raising campaign. The campaign concludes Dec. 31.

According to J. Douglas Smith, vice president for University advancement, “With real estate at a premium, the nearly 35,000-square-foot facility will be put to good use. We are on the fast track for assessing the facility and will determine soon how we can best use it.”

President Carol Cartwright praised the bank for its commitment to BGSU and the communities it serves. “Our relationship with Huntington goes back several decades,” she said. “The bank has been a friend to BGSU, supporting initiatives such as scholarships, athletics, WBGU-PBS and the annual Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship.”

“At Huntington, we ‘invest forward’ to support the communities in which we live and work. Our success as a business depends upon the success of our communities, and we are proud to partner with BGSU and the Building Dreams Campaign," said Sharon Speyer, regional president for Huntington's Northwest Ohio Region.

"As the ‘local bank with national resources,’ this gift represents our ability to make decisions that impact the overall good of a community in northwest Ohio," Speyer said. "Huntington believes that by giving back, we are investing in our business, and the business of Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University."

October 6, 2008