Levine Foundation gifts $5 million to Appalachian State

Heidi Finley

An architect’s rendering of the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences building now under construction. Courtesy of Appalachian State

The Leon Levine Foundation of Charlotte has given a $5 million grant to Appalachian State University, where the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences is now under construction.

The 203,000-square-foot building on the Boone campus will open for the fall 2018 semester as the home of the Beaver College of Health Sciences. The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.  donated the 9.2-acre site where it sits, a university news release says.

Nearly 3,500 students are enrolled in the College of Health Sciences, which offers 10 undergraduate programs and six graduate programs, the news release said. Courses of study fall under these departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health and Exercise Science, Nursing, Nutrition and Health Care Management, Recreation Management and Physical Education, and Social Work.

“Appalachian is an admired university committed to empowering its students,” Levine, the founder of Family Dollar Stores Inc., said in the release. “My wife, Sandra, and I are proud to support Appalachian’s growing college of health sciences and, most importantly, the promising students committed to caring for the health needs of others.”

Chancellor Sheri Everts added that health education has long been a priority at the university. “This new facility will expand our opportunities for education and outreach, and over the course of their careers as health professionals, our graduates will have immeasurable impact on the lives of others. Leon Levine’s investment in our students will elevate the future of health care in our state,” she added.

The new building was designed to promote learning among different disciplines said Marie Huff, dean of the health sciences college. “Our intent is to foster a collaborative, patient-centered practice model resulting in better health care services for future patients and their families,” she said in the release.

The project was partially financed by the Connect NC Bond package.

 

Heidi Finley is the editor of Carolina College Bound. Send questions or suggestions to hfinley@charlotteobserver.com

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