CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thanks to the largest single donation in the history of West Virginia State University, President Brian Hemphill announced plans for a new athletic complex on Wednesday.
"This complex will benefit all 204 student athletes due to the physical training this complex will provide," Hemphill said in a speech. "This is truly a game changer for our student athletes."
An anonymous donor is giving the school $1 million, Hemphill said.
Half will be allocated for the new sports complex, which will be located near the southeast corner of the football stadium. The other half will go toward scholarships for students studying business, computer science or mathematics.
Hemphill declined to say if the donor attended State, but he did say he solicited a donation from the person. He said the gift was a sign of investment in the university.
Student-athletes currently share a workout facility with the rest of the campus, and Hemphill said that made it tough for the athletic program to compete with other universities.
The new facility will have a weight room, two locker rooms, a meeting area and athletic offices that Hemphill said would be available to all student-athletes.
The complex will cost $2.1 million, spokeswoman Donna Simon said. With the gift announced Wednesday and previous fundraising, the school has $850,000 on hand.
Simon said she was confident the university would raise the rest of the amount needed for the scheduled groundbreaking next fall.
Hemphill also announced plans for State's first new residence hall since 1969.
"This is a done deal. This is something our board is excited about and is waiting for," he said after the speech. "We're just happy we're going to be able to deliver it to them and bring it to them for a vote."
Funding for the project is not a done deal.