Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., broke ground Friday, April 19, on a $20 million visual and performing arts center that will enhance the College’s reputation as a regional leader in the arts and arts education.
The Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts honors the memory of a 1937 Emory & Henry graduate and longtime, beloved benefactor of the College. The lead gifts for the McGlothlin Center were provided through the personal generosity of McGlothlin and the McGlothlin Foundation.
The new center will consist of 40,000 square feet of space for a 450-seat theater, a proscenium stage and fly system, a 150-seat black box theater, dressing rooms, production areas, gallery space, a three-dimensional design studio and the College’s radio station.
“This is an historic day in the life of Emory & Henry College, a day which many at the College and many in the community have long anticipated.” said Dr. Rosalind Reichard, president of the College. “The construction of this important facility marks a new era in arts education at Emory & Henry College, which has long enjoyed a strong reputation for maintaining high standards in the visual and performing arts.”
In 1997, Emory & Henry created the Division of Visual & Performing Arts, which brought together existing programs in theatre, music and the visual arts. While pulling these programs under the same division, Emory & Henry also enhanced them to provide a greater number of degrees and to create more opportunities for learning and performance.
The new center is the latest in a series of construction and renovation projects during Reichard’s administration. Reichard, who will retire this summer from the College, has presided over approximately $55 million in construction projects, all of which have aimed for high levels of energy efficiency in construction and design.
Woodrow W. McGlothlin served Emory & Henry on the Board of Visitors for 30 years and as president of that board. He taught school and worked in social services before partnering to form what is now The United Company. His belief in the intrinsic value of rural communities and his deep philanthropic and personal commitment to the region and its people drove his generous support of the arts, education and youth programs in the region.
Following the event, the Emory & Henry community celebrated the accomplishments of President Rosalind Reichard, whose era of leadership has been marked by historic levels of campus construction, the development of innovative academic programs, and a dramatic increase in national recognition for the 176-year-old institution.