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Reynolds Hall, WVU’s innovative learning and research complex, opens for business | WVU today

Bob and Laura Reynolds join (from left) Milan Pusker Dean Josh Hall and West Virginia University President Gordon Gee to open Reynolds Hall, the new home of John Chambers Business and Economics on August 26, 2022 .
(WVU Photography/Brian Persinger)

Reynolds Hallofficially opens for business in a futuristic 186,000-square-foot complex transforming learning and research in higher education.

new house in West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and EconomicsReynolds Hall held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on its namesake Friday (August 26). Bob and Laura ReynoldsAt hand.

The building began as the vision of Bob Reynolds, President and CEO of Putnam Investments, a Clarksburg native who graduated from WVU’s School of Finance in 1974.

That vision came true more than five years later. Reynolds’ $10 million gift For construction to begin, the opening of the complex does not mean the end. This is the beginning to promote the academic component of business education at WVU. It is also the beginning to transform the landscape on the waterfront of the Monongahela River and integrate the university in an open and innovative environment with experiential learning classrooms, real-time stock tickers and computer labs. , a 300-seat auditorium, cozy atrium, ballroom modeled after Google headquarters, 50 study rooms, cafe and dining areas, green space, fitness center.

Of his motivation for the donation, Bob Reynolds said, “We saw that West Virginia had reached the limit of reinventing itself, and we believed the best way to do it was from within.” A building that will transform the state’s entrepreneurial spirit by training people to think differently about business from the start.”

Reynolds Hall promises to be more than just a new structure on campus. Our high-tech, hands-on learning spaces include: Wehrle Global Supply Chain Lab, Roll Capital Markets Lab When Labs dedicated to social media and marketing, data analytics, and cybersecurityWithin these labs, faculty and staff work directly with students to apply cutting-edge technology to their projects and research.

“Generations of climbers will pass through this building and you will see the business going on around them,” Reynolds added. “They’ll learn to build, make a mistake or two, and get better.”

President Gordon Gee was honored to announce its first gift from Mr. and Mrs. Boston five years ago. Gee on Friday touted the possibility of brewing from inside the walls of a building.

“The lab and learning tools create new synergies between industry and academia, creating opportunities for student engagement leading to internships and employment,” said Gee.

“Bob Reynolds has always been a driving force of innovation in the mutual fund industry, and it’s only fitting that he and his wife Laura have brought a catalyst for innovation to our campus.”

G.ee thanks other business leaders and friends at WVU who donated over $1 million to make Reynolds Hall possible.

Marty and Katherine Becker

Encova Foundation

Hap Esben Shade

Hayhurst family

The family of the late Don and Marcella Hoyleman

penny and rob roll

Bill and Patricia Sheedy

T.the wale family

Cindy RossPresident and CEO WVU FoundationReynolds’ vision predates the gift from 2017.

“Bob’s overwhelming positivity and ability to seize opportunities have served him as a pioneer in the financial services industry. It gave me momentum,” said Ross.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, Reynolds Hall hosted an open house and a tour of the learning labs and student resource spaces, where faculty, staff, and students shared their vision of the new building and its impact.

“Today marks the beginning of a new story for the West Virginia University Business School. Milan Pascard Dean Josh Hall“Reynolds Hall is more than bricks and mortar. will open.”

The university also recognizes Strada, Gensler, PJ Dick, WVU facilities and services.

For Reynolds, who grew up 40 minutes away from the Morgantown campus, the ceremony was a moment that came full circle. While the ceremony centered around him and his contributions, Reynolds admitted that his hall would not have happened without the support of his fellow climbers.

“Thank you to everyone in this room, the project team who worked tirelessly from the first beam to the last brick, the fellow B&E donors, and the students who fund the space where students learn by doing. “Through your dedication and compassion for your college friends and WVU students, make a difference every day,” said Reynolds.

“And a special thank you to my family, especially my mother, Juanita, who is here today to demonstrate firsthand how a West Virginia boy can be transformed through the power of business education and a love of mountaineer sports. increase.”

-WVU-

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Media Contact: Heather Richardson
Dean Assistant for Communications, Engagement and Impact
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
304-293-9625; [email protected]

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