New Athletic Complex to be Built at West Virginia State University

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Feb. 11, 2014
New Athletic Complex to be Built at West Virginia State University

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University will soon break ground on a new $3.5 million Athletic Complex to be located adjacent to Lakin Field at Dickerson Stadium, home of the Yellow Jackets football team.
To be known as the Gregory V. Monroe Athletic Complex, the new, two-story building will contain 15,691-square-feet of space including meeting rooms, a weight room, training room and a locker room. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.

“This is a tremendous step forward for West Virginia State University athletics and further demonstrates our commitment to meeting our students’ needs,” said President Brian O. Hemphill. “We are truly grateful to alumnus Gregory V. Monroe and to all of our donors who have stepped forward to help make this much needed facility a reality.”

The Athletic Complex is named in honor of Gregory V. Monroe, a 1980 WVSU graduate and former football player for the Yellow Jackets, who recently made a significant contribution to the University.  

“Attending West Virginia State was an awesome experience for me. I grew up in Logan, W.Va., and my parents gave me a great start in life, but State expanded my world view. The opportunities that I had there and the support I received from the faculty and staff enabled me to go out and make a life for myself. I would never have accomplished the things that I have without State,” said Monroe, who is now a motivational speaker and executive training specialist, living in Orlando, Fla. “I wanted to give back to the University that did so much for me.”

The new Athletic Complex will be located in the end zone of the football field nearest the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center property.

“This is truly an exciting time to be part of the Yellow Jacket football program,” said WVSU Football Coach Jon Anderson. “Having this new Athletic Complex will not only be a tremendous asset to our current student-athletes, but it will aid in recruiting the next generation of Yellow Jackets.”

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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