SHEPHERDSTOWN — A team of 67 community associates, Shepherd University workers and honorees collected jointly in the Shepherd College Wellness Center’s arena on Saturday afternoon, to witness the dedication of the centre underneath a new name — the Suzanne Shipley Wellness Middle.
Renamed in honor of Shepherd University’s 15th president, who served from 2007-2015, the middle now bears signage pertaining to its identify modify, 1 signal of which was unveiled during the dedication ceremony.
“It is basically not feasible to element all of Dr. Shipley’s amazing achievements even though she was at Shepherd, but I would like to share some noteworthy highlights with you right now, because they are extraordinary,” stated Shipley’s successor, latest Shepherd University President Mary J.C. Hendrix. “During her tenure, Dr. Shipley introduced the university into the Council of Public Liberal Arts Schools, identified as COPLAC, a North American consortium of general public colleges and universities that drives awareness of the price of substantial-high quality, public liberal arts education at its member institutions — an group for which she also served as president. Dr. Shipley’s enduring legacy involves overseeing the accreditation of academic systems, laying the basis to grow Shepherd’s worldwide college student population.
“She also orchestrated the design of the underpass, uniting the east and west campuses, which she was informed could not be finished!” Hendrix reported. “Dr. Shipley was vital in serving to to raise $26 million by means of the university’s initially complete marketing campaign, referred to as Create the Potential. The marketing campaign exceeded its $20 million target intention and was accomplished a calendar year early.”
Shipley expressed her thanks for the commitment, and mentioned how her tenure would not have been as successful as it was, without the need of the assist of her spouse and children, mentors and fellow Shepherd University leaders.
“I’m grateful for the Shepherd College custom, of like educational leaders in its facilities’ names, and I’m humbled to take my area below beside President James Butcher, professor of physical training Dr. Sara Cree and the famous chair of new music Male Frank,” Shipley reported. “Here, . . . I was able to keep my own wellness, actual physical and psychological, by working out along with our school, staff and learners, and Shepherd supporters like Mayor Auxer. In simple fact, it’s a defining reason of the centre, in that it delivers all of these teams collectively to satisfy a number of demands in this area.
“All of us add to the Shepherd tale. Some epics of our 150-calendar year-outdated story are marked on names of buildings, but surely, not all. Universities like Shepherd, exactly where just about every person counts and every single name is recognized, are compendiums of particular person effort and hard work,” Shipley explained. “Every specific and every single work counts, and it is more vital currently than at any time that all those endeavours continue, mainly because today, more than at any time, a household liberal arts practical experience such as ours, generates the dynamic and very well-educated leaders that our area demands. Our future is crafted on our earlier, but our potential is normally remaining developed, like today, and by you.”
Mayor Jim Auxer closed out the ceremony with a couple feelings on the appropriateness of the determination, considering his private and experienced encounters as Shepherdstown’s mayor all through Shipley’s tenure.
“To have this facility, a community accumulating spot, now focused as the Suzanne Shipley Wellness Middle, feels far more than ideal. Suzanne and I would satisfy below to explore subjects of great importance to us both of those. But our key intention was caring about our exercise,” Auxer mentioned. “We talked about the want for preserving the city-gown marriage, which I imagine actually is wonderful (to this working day). You can not convey to exactly where a single commences and just one ends!”
The commitment conclusion was created by the Shepherd University Board of Governors, through its June 10, 2021 assembly, according to SU Communications Govt Director Dana Costa.