Griggs Center for entrepreneurship & philanthropy
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About the Griggs Center

The Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at Abilene Christian University is focused on developing an entrepreneurial and giving spirit throughout the ACU community, including the greater Abilene area.

The center was launched in 2011 and has received national awards for its student programs and engagement on ACU’s campus. Through ACU Startup Week and Springboard, the center has also partnered with various organizations to promote, connect and equip the regional entrepreneurship community.

About Dr. Griggs

Abilene Christian University’s Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy was established in 2011 in honor of Dr. Jack Griggs (’64) for his years of service to ACU and its College of Business Administration.

In 1973, he became the youngest trustee ever asked to serve on his alma mater’s Board of Trustees. After many years as an entrepreneur in health care, real estate development, and banking, he served as COBA dean from 1991-99, retiring in 2008 as Overton Faubus Professor Emeritus of Business after 17 years of teaching.

He met his wife, Ann (Faubus ’64), when they were both students at ACU. “We delight in being with young people,” Jack said. “We revel in seeing them dream, work and achieve.”

The Griggs Center at ACU is focused on entrepreneurship and philanthropy, endeavoring to build on the spirit and legacy of its namesake by teaching good theory and offering students real-world, hands-on experiences as purposeful entrepreneurs.

“Nothing could be more important and inspiring to me than helping prepare young people for Christian service and leadership throughout the world,” Jack said.

The center’s unique combination of entrepreneurship and philanthropy is a reflection of Jack’s hope that students will become successful entrepreneurs who also are cheerful givers, with a vision allowing them to see how the world can be changed for good through their generosity.