The Board of Trustees of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) approved naming the new residence hall on campus the Martin-Schexnider Residence Hall in honor of two former chancellors.
Additionally, one of the two towers of the residence hall will be named for Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., who served as chancellor from 2000 until 2006, and the other tower will be named for Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider, who was chancellor from 1996 until 2000.
The building, which is scheduled to open in August 2013, will help meet the need for more housing to support WSSU’s requirement for first and second year students to live on campus. Each of the towers will contain 227 beds with two shared bathrooms and a common living space on every floor. A one-story connector building links the two towers with common space for all residents, including a classroom for group resident instruction in a living learning community.
Naming the new residence hall for Martin and Schexnider is part of the Board’s efforts to recognize those who have served as chancellor of the university. The next building with a naming opportunity will recognize Douglas Covington who served as chancellor from 1977 until 1984. The Board recently voted to name the school’s student center, which is still under construction, for current chancellor, Dr. Donald Reaves.