Alderson-Broaddus Board of Trustees member Dr. Phil E. Cline has generously donated $75,000 for the third floor renovation of Whitescarver Hall for new academic space.
"Being a Baptist, I've always had a love for Alderson-Broaddus," Cline said. "I've enjoyed serving on the board and I always help the college (financially) when I can. This project interested me because I've been involved in the healthcare industry for years. I know both the students and the college benefit by offering high quality healthcare degree programs."
The funds will be used to create more educational opportunities on campus; it will make possible additional classrooms, learning laboratories and space for high- and low-fidelity learning simulators and models.
"Dr. Cline's generosity abounds on our campus; he has made it possible for us to have the space to continue offering quality education to our students," said Dr. Joan Propst, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
Whitescarver will be retrofitted for technological improvements and will create an educational facility that represents the very best in technology and innovation for the classroom to engage student learning.
Cline, of Huntington, has a long affiliation with Alderson-Broaddus College, serving on the Board of Trustees and Governors since 1994. He also acted as Interim President in 2010-2011 and Chairman of the Board until 2009.
Cline holds two degrees from Marshall University: a Master of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He received an Honorary Doctor of Business degree from A-B in 2005. He has been an exemplary leader in charitable and nonprofit organizations and causes and is an active member of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington.
Whitescarver Hall is primarily used for A-B's health science programs and houses the state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, which provide students the opportunity to practice their skills in a highly realistic healthcare environment. The labs are able to provide simulated experiences with low and high fidelity patient mannequins.
Renovations have begun and are expected to be completed by June, allowing the space to be used this summer.