A! Magazine for the Arts

Foundation pledges matching gift of $2M for Emory & Henry arts center

December 20, 2007

*** This story appeared Tuesday, Dec 18, 2007 in the Bristol Herald Courier. ***

EMORY, Va. -- Emory & Henry College could take a big step toward its goalof building a new arts center if it can match a $2 million gift from TheMcGlothlin Foundation.

The foundation announced Monday it will give $2 million toward constructionif the college raises an equal amount by July 1, 2009. If that challenge ismet, nearly $9 million will have been raised.

The Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, to be named after the lateWoodrow McGlothlin, will cost about $12 million, but $9 million will beenough to begin construction.

The proposed 40,000-square-foot center will seat 450 people.

"We are thrilled by this gift, not simply because of what it means to thebuilding of an important facility on our campus, but also for theopportunity it gives us to remember such an accomplished, important andgenerous man in the history of our College," E&H President RosalindReichard said in a written statement Monday.

Woodrow McGlothlin, who died in 2005, was a member of the E&H class of
1937. The McGlothlin Foundation already has pledged $3 million to the
campaign. An additional $1 million was given by Woodrow McGlothlin before
his death.

Founded in 1998, the foundation has contributed significantly to theadvancement of education in Virginia.

Tom McGlothlin, foundation president and E&H alumnus, said this about hisfather's love of the college: "Emory & Henry has been an important part ofour lives and an important part of serving a region that is dear to myfamily."

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