Cougar pride motivates a grateful alumnus and community leader to enhance the education of tomorrow’s business students.
Nearly 30 years after graduating from the University of Houston, Michael J. Cemo is fueled by Cougar pride.
So much so, the longtime Houstonian provided the lead $3 million gift for a second building for the C.T. Bauer College of Business.
Named Michael J. Cemo Hall, the 33,000 square foot multistory building will feature a 450-seat auditorium, three 80-seat classrooms, and faculty offices.
“I was a typical UH student in the 1960s, working and going to school at the same time. Like so many of us, I would not have had a successful career and life over the past 40 years without UH,” said Cemo, former vice chairman of the UH System Board of Regents and former president and CEO of AIM Distributors Inc.
Cemo’s gift will not only help business students, it will serve as an important cornerstone of the “new look” campus. Complemented by graduate student loft apartments that will be constructed by 2009, the hall is an important addition to a university that is undergoing change.
“The impact of this building to our students will be immeasurable,” said Arthur D. Warga, dean of the C. T. Bauer College of Business.“ We are proud that the building will be named in Mike’s honor. By being a home for Global Business Minor classes, Cemo Hall will also elevate our College’s profile in supporting Houston’s role as a truly global city.”