Wingate University President’s Box at Irwin Belk Stadium named for Jerry E. McGee

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. On Oct. 5, Wingate University announced that G. R. and Mary Ellen Kindley made a generous gift to Wingate University student-athletes to name the President’s Box at Irwin Belk Stadium. The Jerry E. McGee President’s Box honors President McGee whose visionary commitment to Wingate University and passion for intercollegiate sports established a successful foundation for University athletics.

McGee has served Wingate University as president since 1992. Among his many achievements are the founding of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy and the transformation of the Wingate University campus. He led fundraising efforts to build Irwin Belk Stadium dedicated in 1998. McGee is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina’s most prestigious award presented to individuals who have rendered exemplary service to the citizens of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame which recognizes extraordinary achievement in athletics. During McGee’s presidency, Wingate’s enrollment has grown to over 3,000 students for the largest study body in school history.

G. R. and Mary Ellen Kindley have known McGee, who grew up in Richmond County, for many years. The Kindleys are from Rockingham. Mr. Kindley is a Korean War veteran, a former highway patrolman and a successful entrepreneur. He served as Mayor of Rockingham for 20 years. G.R. Kindley’s name can be seen along Highway 74 Bypass in Richmond County which was named in his honor in recognition of his work on the Board of Transportation to improve North Carolina’s roadways. G. R. and his wife, Mary Ellen, have been married 60 years. One of their two sons and two of their grandchildren graduated from Wingate. G. R. and Mary Ellen established the Richmond County Scholarship which has changed forever the lives of students who have benefited from their generosity.

Wingate University
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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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past seven years. For more information, go to