Construction & Transformation
The newest academic building on campus has been named for an alumnus who gave much to his family, his alma mater, his community and his career. The E. Craig Wall, Jr. Academic Center will include flexible spaces and common areas that encourage the exchange and generation of ideas across conventional academic boundaries—between departments (such as chemistry, biology, psychology and environmental studies), disciplines, and the arts and sciences. Wall, a 1959 graduate, was elected to Davidson’s Board of Trustees as an alumni representative in 1976, was named chair in 1989 and served continuously until his death in 1997. A player on the football and baseball teams, Wall was inducted posthumously into the Davidson College Hall of Fame in 2001. In addition to his volunteer and leadership roles for Davidson, Wall served as a trustee of The Duke Endowment, which enthusiastically endorsed the college’s vision for this space and propelled the project forward with a $45 million grant. Davidson raised an additional $29 million thanks to generous support from alumni, parents, friends and foundations. View the building’s progress through our live webcam.