Apr 08, 2013

Ferguson and CNU Announce Community Partnership

(Newport News, Va.) - Ferguson and Christopher Newport University announced today that Ferguson will continue its longstanding commitment to CNU by donating $12 million over the next 30 years. This commitment will bolster the University’s community service programs through its Center for Community Engagement, provide scholarships to students and enhance cultural experiences for all at the Ferguson Center for the Arts.

Celebrating its 60th year in business, Ferguson has a history defined in large measure by civic commitment. “Since our founding in 1953, Ferguson has remained committed to being a good corporate citizen and we are honored to continue our partnership with CNU,” explained Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. “We have built and sustained a strong relationship for many years, and like CNU, we both believe strongly in developing our future leaders and in giving back to the communities we serve.”

“CNU is deeply grateful for our longstanding partnership with Ferguson that underscores our shared values and common goals of improving the civic, cultural and educational life of our community and commonwealth,” said President Paul Trible. “Ferguson’s commitment of $12 million will sustain the programming excellence and success of the Ferguson Center and will create two transformative opportunities for our students by supporting scholarships in the performing arts and service in our community.”

The agreement includes naming rights for the Ferguson Center for the Arts through 2042, the creation of Ferguson performing arts scholarships and support of CNU’s Center for Community Engagement, which develops and facilitates service opportunities for students, faculty and community partners, directly benefiting our neighbors in the Hampton Roads community and beyond.

About Ferguson
Celebrating its 60th year in business in 2013, Ferguson (ferguson.com) is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves, and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks, and industrial products and services. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, Ferguson has sales of $9.7 billion and approximately 18,000 associates in almost 1,300 locations. Ferguson and its subsidiaries serve customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ferguson is part of Wolseley (wolseley.com), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (WOS) and on the FTSE 100 index of listed companies.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

Media Contact:
Lori Jacobs
Director of Public Relations
lori.jacobs@cnu.edu

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