WLU dedicated its state-of-the-art Campbell Hall of Health Sciences building on May 5 with a festive ceremony that included speeches from both President Robin C. Capehart and President Emeritus Clyde D. Campbell ’53.
The $23 million building houses six academic departments: chemistry, dental hygiene, medical laboratory sciences, nursing, speech pathology/audiology and the newest WLU health science program, physician assistant studies.
“First, we’d like to offer our deepest appreciation to former Chancellor of Higher Education Brian Noland who understood the need for a facility that would contribute to the long-term health care needs of the people of West Virginia,” began President Capehart at the dedication, attended by approximately 250 guests who also toured the building.
“It was through Dr. Noland’s support that the Higher Education Policy Commission identified this facility that we dedicate today as the highest priority among all new construction projects for higher education in the State of West Virginia.”
President Capehart also thanked the West Virginia Chancellor of Higher Education Dr. Paul Hill for his support of the building project and thanked United States Senator Joe Manchin, who was West Virginia governor at the time the project began, and current Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, for their help in making the new science building a reality.
Named in honor of Dr. Campbell, who graduated from West Liberty in 1953 and later served as a chemistry professor and then president of the University from 1984 – 1995, the dedication marked the formal opening of the 72,000 square-foot educational building.
“West Liberty has been such a large part of my life and now I can literally be part of West Liberty’s life even into the future,” remarked Campbell at the dedication, which was attended by his family, students, employees and invited guests.
“It’s an exciting time to be a student majoring in the sciences at West Liberty University,” said Dean of the College of Sciences Dr. Robert Kreisberg. “Campbell Hall brings together the health sciences in one central location and enhances our student academic experience. The classrooms, laboratories and clinical spaces add to our strong curriculum to create the best research and learning environments for our students and faculty.”
The four-story administrative and classroom structure was designed using neoclassical architectural elements, consistent with the overall look of the university. Architect for the project was Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff and Goettel of Pittsburgh. Nello Construction of Canonsburg, Pa. was the builder. WLU employee Larry Skrzypek was the
The position of the new science building on Faculty Drive overlooking a green wooded vale, creates an attractive path that accommodates students walking to other campus locations. Other inviting features include an outdoor veranda attached to the back of the structure that leads to the new path.
The state of West Virginia provided $12.75 million of the total building budget and the University invested an additional $1.1 million from gas and timber rights. An additional $500,000 was provided through private fundraising thanks to generous donors, with another sum of $400,000 committed to Campbell Hall through planned giving and pledges. The remaining balance was funded through a $10 million bond issuance.