Wingate University plans to build new educational center in Matthews

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University has announced plans to build a $5 million educational center at Wingate Commons in Matthews to serve adult students in the metro Charlotte area. The center will open in 2013 on an eight-acre site near I-485 Exit 52 at John Street. It will feature a three-story classic brick and column building totaling 36,000 square feet. Initially, the center will house 12 large classrooms, a learning center and offices on the first two floors with room for additional classrooms on the third floor as needed.

"We're not considering any small plans when we look at our future in Matthews," said Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee. Wingate University began serving Matthews in 1992 with 12 students and has 492 students enrolled in programs at its present site at the Depot Building in downtown Matthews. Once the first building is complete, the current campus and programs will be relocated to the new site.

McGee said the center will initially serve 500 students and eventually could have room for 800 to 1,000 students with the construction of two additional buildings. "We consider our future in Matthews and we need everyone to get involved," said McGee, who announced the University's fundraising campaign for the project during his address at last week's Business Summit in Matthews. "We've always found when there's a need, it drives people to respond."

McGee noted that Wingate is the only institution in the Matthews community where students can earn graduate and baccalaureate degrees. Programs currently offered at the Wingate campus in Matthews include the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree, master's degrees in business, education, teaching and sport administration, the Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership, as well as educational licensure.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive University with more than 2,300 students on campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies, sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.

Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.
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