Former West Virginia Sen. and Randolph County businessman Mike Ross has generously donated $500,000 to support construction of the new multisport Performance Stadium at Alderson-Broaddus College.
The stadium is an integral part of the college's enrollment growth plan.
"A-B is a great school and it graduates quality students, which is wonderful for the local community," Ross said. "I like being able to put money back into the area from which I made it. I am impressed by the college's leadership - President Creehan and his entire staff. I am delighted to see this much enthusiasm for the enrollment model and the construction of the stadium, as it will draw a lot of people to northcentral West Virginia."
A-B College President Rick Creehan said the entire campus deeply appreciates Ross's generous gift and his connection to A-B.
"We are so grateful, as Mr. Ross obviously has a love for West Virginia and a deep affinity with Alderson-Broaddus - so much, in fact, that he sent one of his children to A-B. We are proud to call her an alumna of the college," Creehan said. "His partnership with us - through his giving - means more to us than just supporting a stadium project. It shows his affirmation of our enrollment plan and A-B's bright and prosperous future. The students will benefit from his generosity for years to come."
Alderson-Broaddus College officially broke ground for the stadium in April, and it plans to complete the project by the fall of 2013. By August 2012, the field turf and stadium lights will be installed, allowing the following affinity programs to use the field: soccer (men's and women's), lacrosse (men's and women's) and intramural.
The addition of athletic programs and the construction of this new multisport performance venue are key components of the college's plan to significantly grow enrollment. More information is available at www.ab.edu.