Concord University Holds Founders’ Day Celebration, Towers Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 22 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University kicked off renovations on the Towers residence halls and celebrated the institution’s 144th year during two ceremonies today (Friday, April 22, 2016) as part of Founders’ Day Festival events.

The Towers Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony took place at 2 p.m. in the lobby of North Towers.

Concord University President Kendra Boggess called the renovation “an inspiring and critically needed upgrade” and that it is “like a dream come true.”

CU Vice President and Academic Dean Peter Viscusi referred to the groundbreaking as “the beginning of a new milestone in the journey of Concord University.”

Speaking on behalf of Concord’s student body, Ronni Wood, Student Government Association President, said she and her classmates are excited about the “incredible new changes” ahead.

The North and South Towers residence halls were built in 1968 and consist of 173,500 square feet. Among the work being completed is demolition of building exterior wall panels; thermal-moisture protection; new interior finishes; new windows; new bathrooms; upgrades in mechanical and electrical systems including the addition of air conditioning for the residence hall rooms; new roofs; and, a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network.

The Founders’ Day Celebration began at 3 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. Delivering the Keynote Address was The Honorable Omar J. Aboulhosn, United States Magistrate Judge and a 1989 graduate of Concord.

“My days at Concord were some of the best days of my life,” Aboulhosn said.

“Concord opened up the doors to my future,” he said. “This is where my success started.”

In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Susan Williams, Director of Concord’s Beckley Center, said Founders’ Day offered time “to reflect on the rich legacy and history” of the University. The celebration also provided the opportunity to salute the contributions of faculty, staff and students, she said.

Award recipients include: Faculty Presidential Excellence Award, Dr. Dana Alloway, Dr. Cindi Khanlarian, and Dr. Christopher McClain; Classified Staff Presidential Excellence Award, Ms. Bonnie Brown, Ms. Christi Lamb, Ms. Susie Lusk, and Ms. Amy Pitzer; Non-Classified Staff Presidential Excellence Award, Mr. Jamie Boggs, Ms. Elizabeth Cahill-Musick, and Mr. Steve Meadows; Student Presidential Excellence Award, Ms. Carli Brewer and Mr. Adam Miller; and, Auxiliary Staff Presidential Excellence Award, Ms. Drema Richardson and Ms. Gurnie Taylor.

Mr. Kipp Cortez, organist/carillonneur, provided the organ prelude and postlude. Vocal performances were offered by the Concord University ConChords.

The Founders’ Day Festival debuts this year as Concord University celebrates 144 Years of Excellence. Along with today’s events, the festival offers a full slate of activities tomorrow (Saturday, April 23, 2016) on Concord’s Athens campus.

For a schedule of events visit:


Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Towers Renovation at Concord University are from left: Concord University’s Mascot ROAR; Dr. Peter Viscusi, Vice President and Academic Dean; West Virginia State Senator Sue Cline; Mr. Jody Driggs, Principal of Silling Associates; Ms. Ronni Wood, President of the Concord University Student Government Association; Dr. Kendra Boggess, Concord University President; and, Mr. Elliot Hicks, Chair of the Concord University Board of Governors.


The Honorable Omar J. Aboulhosn

Concord University Photos by Lance McDaniel




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