Revitalization AccomplishmentsRevitalization Accomplishments

Revitalization Accomplishments

In June 2010, President Barry M. Buxton arrived at Lees-McRae College with a Revitalization Plan intended to renew the spirit of the campus.

At its inception, this plan was a blueprint to strengthen the existing infrastructure of our campus, create new opportunities for students, and ensure the financial sustainability of the institution, ultimately leading to longterm stability. By identifying campus priorities, the Revitalization Plan rejuvenated our campus and improved the perception of our College in the higher education community.

In the past two years, the accomplishments of the Revitalization Plan have touched every corner of the campus. Now, Lees-McRae is incorporating the remaining revitalization goals into a pragmatic Strategic Plan to build a stronger, more unified College.


Revitalization Accomplishments  |  2010-2012

North Carolina Building King-Shivell Lounge

North Carolina Building

The entrance of North Carolina Building serves as the gateway to three historic buildings - Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee - and has long been one of the most picturesque areas of campus. Through the generosity of the Class of 1959, the entrance has been renovated and the original iron arch, created for Lees-McRae by Daniel Boone VI, has been restored. Additionally, Dr. Bob Jones contributed the carved shield  adorning the top of the entrance.

Funds provided by the Class of 1959

King-Shivell Lounge

The Cannon Student Center provides comfortable spaces to relax, eat, exercise and get involved with student activities. Also housed in the student center, the King-Shivell Lounge is host to student and faculty artwork, and now, after renovations, includes four cozy study areas with couches, plush arm chairs and breathtaking views of Beech Mountain.

Funds provided by The Cannon Foundation, Inc.

Daniel Boone VI Cottage

The historic Daniel Boone VI Cottage is a salute to the  College’s mountain identity and a cozy home away from home for guests of the College. Deborah Buxton spearheaded a restoration, and, along with Lees-McRae College, was awarded a Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit by Preservation North Carolina.

Support provided by community members and volunteers

May Wildlife Rehab Center Residential Campus Hayes Auditorium

Daniel and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Wildlife Rehabilitation has existed for many years as one of Lees-McRae’s most distinct programs. Educational operations and animal care are now centrally located in the newly constructed Daniel and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This premier facility features a separate lecture space, a multipurpose work room, and a quarantine and intensive care unit for animals. Each year, students receive hands-on training while caring for more than 1,000 animals of various species with a variety of ailments.

Funds provided by Daniel and Dianne May

Residential Campus

Campus residential spaces are where students spend the majority of their time. As a result of more than $800,000 in charitable gifts, the homes on Bobcat Hill (formerly known as Faculty Hill) have been transitioned into student housing,
and Virginia, Tate and Avery Residence Halls have received renovations, including sidewalk and roof repairs.

Funds provided by Board of Trustees Members, Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, the Mariam Robert Hayes Trust, and The Golden Heritage Society

Hayes Auditorium

Hayes Auditorium is home to more than seven musicals and plays each year, and its vibrant Summer Theatre program welcomes more than 6,000 visitors each summer. In addition to the women’s bathroom renovation funded by FORUM, the theatre was renamed Broyhill Theatre and the lobby was renovated, giving the space a completely new look and feel.

Funds provided by the Broyhill Family Foundation and FORUM

Robb Center Athletic Complex Dining Facilities

Robb Center for Career Exploration

Robust career services afford students the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market. The historic stone  cottage, which is currently being  renovated, will provide a central space for these invaluable resources.

Funds provided by friend, Dick Robb, Trustee Dell Williamson, and wife, Barbara

Athletic Complex

Each year, the Lees-McRae Athletic Complex welcomes more than 120 athletic teams from across the country while also housing equipment, fields and courts for 17 highly competitive Bobcat teams. To keep it looking its best, the Athletic Complex received several upgrades, including a repaved parking lot and a new gymnasium floor.

Funds provided by an anonymous donor, Trustee McNair Tornow and wife, Debi

Dining Facilities

MacDonald Dining Hall serves as our students’ primary dining facility, and Miller Commons (formerly known as Heritage Dining Room) serves as a private dining room for special functions. These two essential spaces received modern upgrades including new floors, countertops and cabinets as well as the addition of a deli station.

Funds provided by ARAMARK Higher Education and Trustees Bob Jepson and Barbara Miller Whitton