Estate of Hassel Ward Bequeaths $1 Million to CU

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 15 2006

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Estate of Hassel Ward Bequeaths $1 Million to CU

Athens, W.Va. - Concord University has long been called “the campus beautiful” due to both the beauty of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains and the park-like atmosphere of the campus. A $1.5 million gift from the estate of Hassel Ward, an alumnus of the University, will provide opportunities to maintain that famous beauty for years to come.

“This gift is very significant from an alumnus who understood the importance of maintaining the grounds of our campus beautiful,” said Loretta Young, associate vice president for development and executive director of the Concord University Foundation, Inc.

At the last meeting of the Concord University Foundation, Inc., in Charleston on October 10, the Board of Directors approved dedicating five percent of the income from the Hassel Ward estate to the University Point project for the next five years.

University Point is a new building project that will feature the Wilkes Family Interfaith Chapel and the Erickson Alumni Center. The building will be designed to accent the beauty of the natural setting on campus, and has been placed facing the woods to promote quiet reflection and meditation.

After five years, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will approve new projects dedicated to maintaining or accenting the beauty of Concord’s campus.

“For years we have taken great pride in our beautiful campus. Mr. Ward’s gift ensures that the campus will continue to be regarded as ‘the campus beautiful,’” Young concluded.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a senior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.