On January 1, 2006, the acquisition of MBNA by Bank of
America became official. With this purchase three career centers previously
funded by MBNA (Penn State, Georgetown, and UD) formally adopted the Bank
of America title.
Begun in June 2000, the building was occupied in
April 2001. Located at 401 Academy Street, the BOA Career Services Center
is part of a 38,000 square foot office space, which also includes Human Resources,
and Public Safety. It is attached to a three-tiered parking garage adjacent
to the Perkins Student Center. The parking garage provides direct access to
the Center for employers and students.
The facility doubled the space available for career
services and includes an outstanding employer interview area and upgraded
technology enhancements. Employers and students will benefit from the specially
designed meeting and resource areas.
On Monday, February 14, 2000, the University of Delaware was privileged
to announce a pledge of $25 million from MBNA America. While the majority
of the gift has been designated for scholarships for economically
disadvantaged students, $3 million was designated for construction of a
new career facility. In remarks at the news conference, Mr. Charles
Cawley, Chairman of MBNA, stated, "we do not consider this gift to be
charitable at all. What we consider this support to the University of
Delaware to be is our way of thanking the university. And, it is, from our
perspective, absolutely good business. There are 1,400 graduates of the
University of Delaware that work very hard making our company very
successful. This is our way of saying thank you for those 1,400 people,
for the students who work for us, and the 700 people who have attended the
University of Delaware on MBNA scholarships."
In announcing the gift, University President David P. Roselle stated,
"The University of Delaware is truly privileged to enjoy the friendship
and support of MBNA, one of the state's most generous corporate citizens.
MBNA's support has benefited programs in several of UD's colleges, most
notably in the College of Business and Economics."
Last updated: April 12, 2006