CBD Facility Honors Stewart’s Vision

Stewart Center CBD

From his leadership as chair of the Business School Council to his extraordinary financial support, Frank B. Stewart Jr. (BBA ’57) has played a central role in the success of the A. B. Freeman School of Business for more than 40 years.

On Feb. 15, 2019, the Tulane community came together to recognize Stewart’s lifelong commitment by dedicating the business school’s new facility in downtown New Orleans in his honor. The Stewart Center CBD houses the Freeman School’s executive MBA program, non-degree executive and professional education offerings, international programs, and courses related to the school’s new entrepreneurial hospitality initiative.

“Tulane would not be what it is today without supporters like Frank and Paulette Stewart, and Tulane would not be the same university if it existed anywhere else but New Orleans,” said Tulane President Mike Fitts. “That is what is so wonderful about this new space. It deepens our connection to this magical, vibrant city.”

Paulette and Frank Stewart

Paulette and Frank Stewart were honored on Feb. 15 at the dedication of the Stewart Center CBD.

Stewart, chairman of Stewart Capital and former chairman of Stewart Enterprises Inc., is a longtime champion of executive and professional education. In 1993, he donated $1 million to the Freeman School to establish the Stewart Center for Executive Education, which oversees both degree and non-degree executive programs for the school.

“While executive education of this kind is now becoming an industry standard, Frank had the foresight at the time to see what an impact it could make,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “I honestly believe that Frank knew the scope of what we were capable of before we ourselves even knew.”

In acknowledging the honor, Stewart thanked his wife, Paulette, and shared his heartfelt appreciation for Tulane’s role in his life and career.

“The real thanks today is not to me or my family or what we stand for,” Stewart said. “It’s for Tulane and what it stands for. I’ve always said education is the answer to every problem in life. If we don’t know how to educate human beings in all of the different aspects of existence, we’ll never achieve our full potential.”

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