October 1, 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome. I am Alan Rashkind, proud Chairman of the Board of
Trustees. On behalf of my Board colleagues, I am delighted that you could join us
for the dedication of this magnificent new residence hall.
Today is a celebration of the opening of this facility, of the hard work and dedication
by those it took to build it, of those generous supporters who helped the dream
become a reality and of the man whose name it bears.
Now, I’d like to invite the College Chaplain, Reverend Darrell Headrick, to the
podium for the invocation.
Thank you Reverend Headrick.
I would now like to introduce some special guests who are with us today.
Andrews Hall was designed by the architectural firm of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas
and Company and expertly constructed on time and on budget by English Construction
Company. I commend you all for the fine quality of your work and for your personal
commitment to this project. Bill Hopkins is here with us from Hanbury Evans Wright
Vlattas and Company and I would like you to join me in thanking him. From English
Construction, we have with us R-MC alumnus Jud Dalton. Please recognize them for
their amazing and beautiful work, which was completed in under a year.
Let me also thank our project manager, Ranny Robertson, our Dean of Students, Grant
Azdell, and our former Vice President and Treasurer, John Ahladas, for their professional
skill and personal commitment in shepherding this project to completion. Ranny,
Grant, and John, we are all in your debt. Please stand so you can be recognized.
Now, I have the distinct honor to introduce Randolph-Macon’s 15th President, Robert
R. Lindgren. Since arriving on campus nearly six years ago, he has worked tirelessly
to further the interests of the College, including guiding the creation of a Master
Plan and visionary new Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan was created by soliciting
ideas from a wide range of college constituents, and with the April launch of the
Building Extraordinary Campaign and its ambitious $100 million goal, the pieces
of that plan are coming to fruition.
We are here today to celebrate the completion of a significant piece of that plan
– the new Andrews Residence Hall.
Bob Lindgren has the intellect, knowledge, experience and integrity to guide us
to the completion of this plan and beyond. I have no doubt that, under his leadership,
Randolph-Macon will attain an even higher level of prominence among this nation’s
finest colleges and universities. Please welcome President Robert R. Lindgren!