About Us

The historic Carriger Hall is the new home to the School of Business adding an updated outdoor space for the entire campus to enjoy.

Aerial photo of Carriger Hall, home to the E&H School of Business

Completed in fall 2023, the newly renovated building includes state-of-the-art breakout rooms, conference and board meeting rooms, flex classrooms, distance teaching/learning facilities, presentation rooms for working with corporate partners and a business incubation center.

About Carriger Hall

Historic photo of Carriger Hall, taken in 1908 An early photo of Carriger Hall from 1908. Building History

Originally constructed in 1904 with a $25,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie, Carriger was first intended to be an academic building, but under direction from Emory & Henry President Waterhouse. Carnegie’s funds were used to build student housing. Learning how funds were allocated, Carnegie refused to make any additional donations.

For decades Carriger was simply referred to as “Students Home” equipped to accommodate “up to 60 boys” with “all modern conveniences.” Much like today, Carriger consisted of two long residences connected by a Y.M.C.A Hall that could seat 250.

Today’s two large classrooms (capacity of 36) were once a Parlor (main floor, 110) and a Reading Room (first floor, 210). Most breakout rooms were student dorm rooms and all features—windows and doors are restored to a design used in the early 20th century.

“Carriger” takes its name from Herbert M. Carriger, stepson of President Waterhouse known for his “unconscious modesty” and as one the college’s most “ready helpers.” Herbert died (age 7) while living with his mother and stepfather at the President’s house in Emory. The building was dedicated in honor of the young boy on Sunday, January 31, 1909 at 3 p.m. 

Students giving business site presentations inside Carriger Hall Building Renovation

Today Carriger consists of 2,200 square feet of light-filled space for peer-to-peer learning, 2,000 square feet for engaging with corporate events and presentations for industry executives and 300 square feet for distance learning—green rooms and Zoom rooms. There are eight breakout rooms and a fully-glassed executive boardroom.


One of the most technologically advanced buildings on campus, Carriger contains advanced audio-video equipment for recording academic sessions and delivering hybrid academic sessions. Eight rooms are equipped with advanced camera technology to enhance online and distance learning.  


Carriger contains two main classrooms that can serve more than 200 students in a day.

Students walking outside Carriger Hall Naming Opportunities

Major donors are invited to associate their names, or the names of those they wish to honor or remember, with the School of Business facilities, endowed funds, and academic and student support programs.

For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at Emory & Henry College.

Rob Parker
Vice President for Advancement
P.O. Box 947, Emory, VA 24327

Carriger Hall Virtual Tour