Rendering of the new John B. Werner Pavilion
at McGraw-Page Library
A groundbreaking ceremony was held
on December 3, 2011.
To view a photo slideshow of the ceremony, click
Randolph-Macon College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, December 3, 2011
to mark the beginning of construction for the new John B. Werner Pavilion at the
McGraw-Page Library. The addition is expected
to be completed in July 2012.
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed guests and thanked them for their support
during an “exciting renaissance period for this historic college.” He said, “The
Werner Pavilion will stand proudly among both our new and existing structures, a
tangible symbol of our mission – our reason for being – to develop the mind and
character of our students.
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Don Perry ’62, a member of R-MC’s board of trustees and chair of the college’s Buildings
and Grounds committee shared remarks about time he spent on campus as a student
worker. Perry, a major donor to this new addition, reflected on his role in helping
to package hundreds of books in banana boxes during the summer in preparation for
them to be relocated from Peele Hall to the McGraw-Page Library.
College officials and staff worked with architectural firm Glave & Holmes, with
assistance by Hanover Engineers, to design a 3,300 square-foot pavilion on the west
side of the library. The Werner Pavilion will provide new learning space for students.
The first floor will offer a reading room which will allow 24-hour access to students
and the second floor of the pavilion will include a high-tech classroom. The entire
Pavilion can be cordoned off from the main library and accessed through an outside
entrance. English Construction is the contractor for this project.
The Pavilion is named in honor of Dr. John B. Werner ’53 who has served for 20 years
as a member of the college’s Board
of Trustees; he was also named Trustee Emeritus in 2003. Werner also served
as a member of the Board of Directors of the
Society of Alumni and is a member of the Presidents Society and the Heritage
Society. Werner is one of 33 elite alumni who have made contributions to Randolph-Macon
for over 50 years. In 2005, R-MC bestowed the honorary Doctor of Laws degree on
Werner, and in May 2009 he was presented with the Society of Alumni award for his
distinguished service to the college.
Each year, the John B. and Anita S. Werner Phi Beta Kappa Award is given to a senior
or seniors newly elected to Phi Beta Kappa, for exemplary service to the college
community and outstanding contributions to campus life.
For more information about ways to financially support the new Werner Library Pavilion,
contact Myra Legg, Executive Director of Development at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 752-8502.