Longwood University receives largest donation in its history

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FARMVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Longwood University has received its largest gift in the institution’s history.

Virginia philanthropist Joan Brock donated $15 million that will go towards the construction of a new convocation and events center, which will be built next to Willett Hall.

The design is in its early stages but is aimed to be completed by the spring of 2022. 

The Joan Perry Brock Center will be used as a gathering space for campus events and ceremonial traditions, such as Convocation. 

“Longwood is set apart by its sense of community, camaraderie and togetherness, which have shaped graduates down through the generations, and that is something Joan understands profoundly,” said Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV. “We are so deeply grateful, humbled and energized by the generosity of this gift, and by Joan’s commitment to support those ideals.”

Brock said she wanted to continue repaying a debt to Longwood for its formative impact on her own life, and for introducing her to those who remain her closest friends.

“I’m delighted just thinking about the opportunities on campus that students will be able to walk to,” Brock said. 

For more on the donation and construction, visit here.

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