Wingate University breaks ground for music hall annex

Jerry E. McGee, Jim Bullock, Robert Summerell, Ron Bostic, Vint Tilson
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 2 for a new music annex named in memory of Cynthia Leggett Bullock, who enjoyed a lifetime of music. At only 59 years old, Cynthia passed away in August 2009 after a brief battle with cancer. She and her husband, a Wingate alum, James R. Bullock, Jr. were married one month shy of 39 years. In appreciation of the difference Wingate has made in his life, he has generously supported the University’s Campaign for Music.

A former Secret Service agent, “Jim” is President/CEO of Environmental Air Systems headquartered in Greensboro. The company specializes in clear air ventilation for facilities nationwide. He requested the music annex be named for Cynthia because of her lifelong enjoyment and support of the performing arts. Cynthia played violin when she was young and enjoyed all types of music as an adult. She and Jim attended many theater, choral and opera performances. “She would really be proud that this building is going to be named after her,” Bullock said at the ceremony. “…Because music and arts were a big part of her life.” The addition is expected to be completed in May 2014.

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Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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