Good to Great is not only the compelling title of Jim Collins’ international bestseller. Today, it’s the mantra of West Liberty University’s campaign for expansion.
Voiced by University President Robin C. Capehart, “On July 2, 2007, we began a journey – a journey focused on transforming the institution from a good college to a great university.”
This morning, a positive step was taken when West Liberty University broke ground on their new $23 million health sciences building.
Named after ’53 graduate Dr. Clyde Campbell, Campbell Hall will bring together the health science majors offered by WLU.
WLU’s health science programs include Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Chemistry, and newly added program, Physician Assistant Studies.
The physician assistant program is the first among state-funded institutions in West Virginia.
Capeheart affirmed, “Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies as the best opportunity in the country in terms of getting a job following graduation.”
The site for the new building is on Faculty Drive, directly below Shaw Hall and adjacent to Rodgers and Boyd Halls.
Designed by Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel Architects, Campbell Hall will match the aesthetics of the existing architecture on the campus.
Architect Sheldon Goettel articulated, “It will extend the strongest architectural traditions at WLU and will be a good neighbor to the other buildings on campus.”
One of the tightest construction bids of the year, Nello Construction was lowest on the project by three-tenths of a percent.
Construction is expected to be completed by November 2013.