Pope Foundation makes $75,000 gift

The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation makes $75,000 gift to support expansion of supply chain and logistics program at The Bryan School.

The Bryan School of Business and Economics is proud to announce a gift in the amount of $75,000 from The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation to support expansion of its supply chain and logistics program.  According to Dr. McRae C. Banks, Dean of the Bryan School, “The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation was interested in having a major impact on the supply chain management and logistics industry cluster that is of strategic importance to the region.”  Dr. Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah, Department Head of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management states, “The Pope Companies understands the need for more students to pursue careers in supply chain management and logistics.  This major gift from the Pope Foundation will enable the Bryan School to expand its supply chain and logistics educational programs to traditional students, students transitioning from two year institutions, and working adults looking to complete their degrees in the field. Additionally, the Department will expand its offering of experiential learning opportunities and engagement with the business community.”

Pope Foundation and Bryan School

(From left: Tiffany Temple MS-ISOM candidate, Dr. Joy Bhadury, Dean McRae Banks, Jeffrey Taylor, Dr. Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah, Dr. Larry Taube)

The gift was presented to the Bryan School by the Pope Companies Vice President and CFO Jeffrey B. Taylor, a Bryan School alumnus who serves as a board member and Treasurer of The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the Bryan School.

The Pope Companies and The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation

The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation was formed in 2008 by Lawrence E. Pope, a Triad area business executive.  Mr. Pope was an entrepreneur and visionary businessman who started his career with American Tobacco Co., eventually becoming a buyer and plant manager.  He left American to form L.E. Pope Building Co, Inc. in 1969, one of the companies in the business grouping known as The Pope Companies.  L.E. Pope Building Co., Inc. was a large residential builder, developer, and sales agency in the Kernersville area for many years.  In the early 1980s, the company shifted its emphasis to commercial development.  Today, the company owns and/or manages over three million square feet of commercial and residential space in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia.  The company also owns TCI Logistics, Inc., a Kernersville based truckload carrier that operates over 150 over the road tractors and 400 trailers, and lodging properties in the Triad as a Choice International franchisee.

Many of the Pope Companies business units deliver procurement, logistics, and supply chain services to the tobacco industry. It is one of the leading procurement and logistics agents for the tobacco industry in the United States.

Lawrence Pope passed away in 2010.  Through his legacy, the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for Kernersville and Triad area residents.  The Kernersville area and the Triad at large has become a center for companies and divisions that engage in supply chain and logistics operations.  Through this gift, the Foundation Board of Directors seeks to enhance the attractiveness of the Triad area for these businesses by providing resources to the Bryan School necessary to enhance educational offerings in this specialty area.

See more about The Pope Companies at www.popecompanies.com