Policy Commission Considers Request for Bonds $2.5 Million Earmarked for Concord Project
Athens, W.Va. - The Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) considered a list of capital expenditures requested by colleges and universities in West Virginia. Bonds issued by the State will pay for the capital improvements.
Included in the list is $2.5 million for Concord College to convert White Hall, a former men’s dormitory, into a technology center. Total cost for the renovation is estimated to be $6 million. Concord has received $1.9 million for construction from the federal government through Congressman Nick Rahall and $1.9 million for instructional technology for teacher education through Senator Robert C. Byrd.
Concord College President Jerry Beasley commented, “Completion of the White Hall project is not only a boost to Concord’s students and faculty, it will play a major role in economic development of the region. Our students will have access to the latest technology for instruction as well as for application in their careers after graduation. The technology center will also serve existing businesses and will provide opportunities for new entrepreneurs, particularly e-commerce related business.”
Dr. Steven Rowe, chair of the Concord College technology building committee said the improvements would have a galvanizing effect on the curriculum of the College and the economy of southern West Virginia. “This facility will be available for use by small high-tech firms and will serve as a technology business incubator.”
Photo: Architectural concept of White Hall at Concord College.