Virginia Western Community College celebrated the newest building on campus Wednesday, a center for students of science and health professions.
Governor Bob McDonnell joined Virginia Western President Robert Sandel, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s community college system, to dedicate Virginia Western’s Horace G. and Ann H. Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions.
The $26 million facility was named in commemoration of the $5 million gift the Fralin Charitable Trust gave last year to establish scholarships for students of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare. Presidents Sullivan and Steger said community college students add a lot to their universities.
Heywood Fralin, co-trustee of the Fralin trust, told the gathering the trust’s $5 million gift is not enough to serve the area’s needs and he called on others to help make Virginia Western the best community college in Virginia.