RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville couple have donated $1 million to the Eastern Kentucky University School of Business to support its Center for Professional Sales.

The center now bears the name of Louis and Maribeth Berman. Their gift will be used for space and equipment, increased faculty support, scholarships and more student competition opportunities.

The program offers a sales certificate but will add a minor in the spring, followed by a major, the university said in a news release.

Louis Berman is senior vice president with AssuredPartners and says there's a need for a pipeline of sales professionals. Maribeth Berman is a Richmond native, a 1992 EKU graduate and former university administrator. They are longtime EKU benefactors, including a $4 million planned gift announced in 2019.

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