"Linda Lockwood Smith, Coggin College of Business” (2009)
October 7, 2002 Announcement of Gift
Jacksonville business leader Luther W. Coggin has a long history of philanthropy at UNF. In 1997, the Coggin family made a $350,000 gift to UNF which was used to fund scholarships and a professorship as well as purchase equipment for the college's new building. The Blanche and Luther Coggin Fellowship in the Coggin College of Business has been named in his honor.
In 2002, the Coggins took advantage of the leverage of the state's Major Gift Challenge Grant program to reach the $10 million level required to name a college at UNF. In recognition of a $5 million gift, the University named the College of Business in their honor.
Mr. Coggin was the chairman and CEO of the Coggin Automotive Group, which he founded in 1968. He has been active in numerous civic and community affairs, and has been widely recognized for his many contributions to the Jacksonville community. He wass the recipient of the 2002 Prime F. Osborn, III Distinguished Business Leader Award and served for many years as a member of the UNF Board of Trustees.