Emory & Henry College officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new $22 million Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts.
On the eve of the College’s homecoming celebration, students, alumni, community residents and dignitaries gathered at the entrance to the main theater of the Center for the ceremony. Cutting the ribbon were members of the McGlothlin family as well as current E&H President Jake B. Schrum and former E&H presidents Tom Morris and Rosalind Reichard.
After the ribbon-cutting, the program moved inside to the lobby of the main theatre, where speakers addressed the use and potential of the facility.
Today we celebrate a new era in the visual and performing arts, not just at Emory & Henry, but in this part of Southwest Virginia. Through this facility, Emory & Henry connects the immense artistic talents of students, faculty and guest artists with the growing artistic and musical heritage of the region as well as the growing demands for arts education and performance.Jake SchrumPresident, Emory & Henry College
The Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts honors the memory of a successful native of Buchanan County and a 1937 graduate of Emory & Henry. The founder of The United Company and a long-time member of the College’s Board of Visitors, the late Woodrow W. McGlothlin became one of the College’s all-time greatest benefactors.
Tom McGlothlin, son of the Woodrow McGlothlin and a 1968 graduate of Emory & Henry, said Emory & Henry provided warm memories and a valuable launching pad for his father, who became one of the nation’s leading businessmen. He said he and other members of his family were honored to have “our father’s name at the top of a building at the center of the Emory & Henry campus.”
The Center for the Arts is a 47,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility designed for LEED silver energy efficiency standards. It consists of a 461-seat proscenium stage theatre and fly system and a 120-seat black box studio theatre. The building also includes dressing rooms, production areas, a modern art gallery, offices and studios for the campus radio station, WEHC 90.7 FM.