State and local officials, business leaders and benefactors were among more than 400 guests on September 12, 2012, as Radford University officially opened the new building for its nationally accredited College of Business and Economics (COBE).
Standing before the $44 million, state-of-the-art complex, COBE Dean Faye W. Gilbert opened the ribbon-cutting ceremony by welcoming the guests to the college’s new academic home. "This is more than a building, it is a portal for students to dream of the future and make those dreams come true."
Gilbert thanked the building committee and others instrumental in the planning and construction process. She then introduced Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle, expressing gratitude to her for “empowering us to build our dream.”
The president agreed that the phrase heard over and over through the day was, “It’s a dream come true.” She drew laughter and applause when she said to the COBE faculty, “You have been in offices and classrooms scattered across campus as our curriculum grew and our enrollment outgrew our space. Now you are all here under one roof: Welcome home!”
Kyle said the new building is also the home of hope as well as dreams. “Today as you walk through these halls and classrooms, think of all the Radford students who will pursue their studies here. Think of the young people who will come here to plan their futures, map out their careers and realize their goals. Think of the research that will be done. Think of the local, state and national leaders in business who will come here to speak to our students about life beyond this building and this campus. Think of our faculty and mentors who will guide aspiring economists, accountants and entrepreneurs to their life’s calling."
The president acknowledged the support of the Virginia General Assembly and the Office of the Governor, saying, "Thank you for taking up our cause. The eager students who will earn their degrees here will carry with them the dreams of our entire Commonwealth—dreams of prosperity, achievement and success."