Academic Building 5 at Florida Gulf Coast University was renamed Charles B. Edwards Hall on Wednesday. The dedication commemorates the countless hours over many years in which Edwards, a Fort Myers attorney, worked to bring a university to Southwest Florida.
After he helped bring a branch campus of University of South Florida to the area, Edwards continued to push for a full-fledged university for Southwest Florida in the 1970s and 1980s. His involvement led to his appointment to the state Board of Regents from 1987 to 1993, which he served as its chair from 1989 to 1991. He went on to help create the university’s Foundation for private fundraising.
“He took the region’s dream and turned it into reality,” said Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw at Wednesday’s dedication. “His efforts were instrumental in bringing to life our 10th state university, FGCU.”
Edwards is proud of what the university has become and the part he played in bringing that about but says it also involved a great many other people.
“Never has an area and its people come together more than Southwest Florida did to bring about FGCU,” he said.