Early this year, education leaders signed a partnership agreement between Emory & Henry College and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., to expand the region’s educational opportunities and bring new healthcare and business programs to the area.
Posted July 03, 2023
As a partner, Emory & Henry will have its own office at the Center to work with prospective and current students and plan courses using its state-of-the-art technology. “Emory & Henry College has offered higher education to regional residents for 187 years and in 2021 had the largest incoming first-year class in its history. In 2022, the College also set a record with the most residential students on campus,” said President John W. Wells. “The growth is prompting new modes and locations of academic delivery, including the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and new online graduate-level degrees in business, nursing, education and mental health counseling. We are committed to continuing to serve the region, meet higher education demands for its residents, and build on economic development with our graduates.”
Both parties will work collaboratively to use resources to the greatest advantage in service to the higher education needs of the region’s citizens and encourage the expansion of higher education in the region. “The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center is excited to embark on this new chapter with Emory & Henry College, and we are especially looking forward to expanding programming to accelerate economic development and educational opportunities. This partnership will enhance our mission and ability to meet the needs of the region,” said David Matlock, agency head of the Center.
“We are committed to continue to serve the region and meet higher education demands for its residents as well as continue to build on economic development with our graduates.”
A new Center for Outdoor Studies will launch this fall that will support students academically who want to work toward careers related to the outdoors. The center is part of the Collective Connection Campaign initiative to expand student engagement and the strategic plan to embrace and support our place in the region. More than 375 incoming students are expected to join the campus this fall, and Summer Experience Days are underway for the new swarm of Wasps!
Thanks to the support of the Board of Trustees, Wiley Jackson Hall is undergoing a tune-up this summer. All 314 windows and screens are being replaced; fresh paint is going on the walls; new plumbing is being installed; and a new elevator will eventually be added. The hall houses more than 200 students and offers double and single rooms. The complex features a lower outdoor patio, fire pit and sand volleyball court.