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At 11 a.m. May 5, West Liberty University dedicated the $23 million Campbell Hall of Health Sciences building, which houses six academic departments: chemistry, dental hygiene, medical laboratory sciences, nursing, speech pathology/audiology and the newest WLU health science program, physician assistant studies.

The building is named in honor of Clyde Campbell, who graduated from West Liberty in 1953 and later served as a chemistry professor and then president of the University from 1984–1995. The dedication marks the formal opening of the 72,000-square foot educational building. A groundbreaking first took place July 1, 2012.

“First, we’d like to offer our deepest appreciation to former Chancellor of Higher Education, Brian Noland, who is now serving as the President of East Tennessee State University, and who understood of the need for a facility that would contribute to the long-term health care needs of the people of West Virginia,” President Robin C. Capehart said at the formal dedication, attended by about 250 guests. “It was through Dr. Noland’s support that the Higher Education Policy Commission identified this facility that we dedicate today as the highest priority among all new construction projects for higher education in the State of West Virginia.”

Capehart also thanked the West Virginia Chancellor of Higher Education Paul Hill for his support of the building project and thanked U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who was West Virginia governor at the time the project began, and current Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, for their help in making the new science building a reality.

The state of West Virginia provided $12.75 million of the total budget for Campbell Hall and the University invested an additional $1.1 million from gas and timber rights. An additional $500,000 was provided through private fundraising through donors, with another sum of $400,000 committed to Campbell Hall through planned giving and pledges. The remaining balance was funded through a $10 million bond issuance. 

“It’s fitting that we gather on this day to dedicate this building – in honor of this gentleman – having just passed the fifth anniversary of this institution becoming a university. For the proud heritage of this institution, the opportunity that lies within this building and the life of service unselfishly provided by the building’s namesake all share one thing in common – the ability to transform the lives of countless number of individuals,” Capehart said.

Campbell attended the dedication along with members of his family.

“West Liberty has been such a large part of my life and now I can literally be part of West Liberty’s life even into the future,” Campbell said.

 The four-story administrative and classroom structure is designed using neoclassical architectural elements, consistent with the overall look of the university. The architect for the project was Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff and Goettel of Pittsburgh. Nello Construction of Canonsburg, Pa. was the builder.

The position of the new science building on Faculty Drive creates a walking path that accommodates students walking to other campus locations including Hoge Quadrangle, Arnett Hall and the College Union and includes an outdoor veranda attached to the back of the structure that leads to the new path.