Lenoir-Rhyne University's Asheville Center celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated 6,900 square feet of space on Monday, April 23.
Students, faculty, and staff at LR joined community members for the event which included tours of the new facilities. Guests also had an opportunity to learn about the various programs offered at the Asheville Center which entered its sixth year of operations in January.
University President Dr. Fred Whitt addressed audience members, noting LR's commitment to downtown Asheville and the surrounding region. "Lenoir-Rhyne has made a significant investment in Asheville and we are committed to working with community leaders to further develop Asheville as a regional leader in sustainability. The grand opening of the new space at our Asheville Center is a representation of the commitment Lenoir-Rhyne has for meeting the highest standards of excellence in graduate education."
Dr. Michael Dempsey, dean and director of the Asheville Center, expressed his gratitude for the new facilities which will help the University to continue thriving in western North Carolina. "The University is very thankful to be able to provide new facilities where our students, faculty, and staff can pursue their dreams," Dempsey said. "As we continue to grow our programs in this region, we must commend our students for their passion for pursuing higher education at Lenoir-Rhyne."
Renovations to the new space began in August 2017 and were completed prior to the beginning of the spring 2018 semester. The project added two classrooms, one seminar room, an entrepreneurship mentoring space, and seven offices. The total cost of the project, purchase, and renovation was nearly $2.3 million dollars.
This May, over 60 students from the Asheville Center will receive master's degrees. There are nearly 220 students enrolled in graduate and adult learner programs at the Center which added three new business programs last year.