January 26, 2012
Hundreds of Wake Forest students, faculty, staff, alumni and local dignitaries were in attendance to celebrate the grand opening of the University’s new Uptown Charlotte campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 26th.
The 30,000 square-foot space will house its Charlotte MBA programs for working professionals. It also will house continuing and executive-education courses and meeting space for the Winston-Salem-based university’s 6,000 Charlotte-area alumni.
Speakers at the event included: Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, Dean of Business and retired chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Steve Reinemund, Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, District 1 City Council Member Patsy Kinsey and Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan.
“Charlotte has the largest concentration of our alumni in the country,” says WFU’s President Hatch. “The uptown location will be a natural gathering place — somewhere our alumni can call a second home.”
“Wake Forest University Charlotte Center is yet another example of stellar higher-education institutions choosing to move to Charlotte,” says Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber president. “The business community appreciates not only the educational needs this campus will provide to our citizens and work force, but also the many jobs it will bring over time to our economy.”
Uptown Charlotte has become a popular location for campus expansions recently, as Wake Forest, Boston’s Northeastern University and UNC Charlotte have opened facilities.
The facility is in the Charlotte International Trade Center building at 200 N. College St.
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