UVa-Wise sets July 19 groundbreaking for health and wellness center
of Virginia’s College at Wise will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its
health and wellness center on Thursday, July 19, at 1 p.m.
will be held on the lawn adjacent to Bowers-Sturgill Hall.
Leslie Gilliam, natives of Southwest Virginia, have pledged $8.3 million
dollars for a new health and wellness center addition to the Slemp Student
Center and renovations to Greear Gymnasium.
Richard Gilliam, a native of Wise, is a 1974
graduate of UVa- Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College), and Leslie Gilliam is
“My wife Leslie
and I are delighted to help provide UVa-Wise with new facilities for fitness,”
Richard Gilliam said. “Our goal is to provide for UVa-Wise in a way that will
assist the school in attracting and retaining students and to support and
encourage a healthy lifestyle for students.”
gift, the largest in the history of the school, will provide both a new
addition to the Student Center’s existing fitness center and the renovation of
5,833 square feet of the Fred B. Greear Gymnasium. Construction of the health
and wellness center will add 11,000 square feet to the current fitness
The center will house a new exercise area, a multipurpose room for yoga, Pilates, dance and other activities, two conference rooms for individual and group health advising and instruction, and locker rooms. The renovation to portions of Greear Gymnasium will feature a new entry and refurbished restrooms and locker rooms. The project will provide excellent space for group exercise and intramural activities.