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New hall dedicated at WLU honoring former president

Updated: Tuesday, July 15 2014, 01:35 PM EDT


West Liberty University dedicated its state-of-the-art Campbell Hall of Health Sciences building on Monday.

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.

"We'd like to offer our deepest appreciation to former Chancellor of Higher Education, Brian Noland, who is now serving as the president of East Tennessee State University, and who understood of the need for a facility that would contribute to the long-term health care needs of the people of West Virginia," said president of WLU Robin Capehart.

"It's fitting that we gather on this day to dedicate this building -- in honor of this gentleman, having just passed the fifth anniversary of this institution becoming a university," said Capehart.

Named in honor of Dr. Clyde 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 marks 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 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 project manager of Campbell Hall construction, which began with a ground breaking on July 1, 2012.

The position of the new science building on Faculty Drive overlooking a green wooded vale, creates an attractive walking path that accommodates students walking to other campus locations including Hoge Quadrangle, Arnett Hall and the College Union.

The state of West Virginia provided $12.75 million of the total budget for Campbell Hall 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.

Located on Faculty Drive, below Shaw Hall, Campbell Hall makes use of a formerly wooded area of campus.

For more information on the Campbell Hall of Health Science, please call 304-336-8888 or visit

New hall dedicated at WLU honoring former president

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