$1 million gift to the University of Charleston from BB&T Bank


Charleston, WV - Highlighting their special and ongoing relationship, the University of Charleston recently received a $1 million gift from BB&T Bank for the continuing development of the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center.  The gift pushes the amount raised to over the $20.6 million mark required for completion of the facility and makes the project the largest fundraising effort in the school’s history.

“The wonderfully generous support for innovation and athletics at UC is dramatically changing the university,” said Edwin Welch, President of the University of Charleston.  “UC is blessed to have this addition to our campus and to have the support of BB&T and so many others.  BB&T is an exemplary corporate friend and partner for West Virginia, for Charleston and for the university.    It is so appropriate that their gift pushed the Innovation Center fundraising over its goal.”

From its earliest days, Kanawha Valley Bank, which became One Valley Bank, maintained strong ties with Morris Harvey College and then the University of Charleston.  Those ties were continued after One Valley merged with BB&T.  Former One Valley president and CEO, Holmes Morrison, is the third longest-serving UC board chair in the school’s history.

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the United States and the largest bank in West Virginia.  It has made an exceptional commitment to philanthropy in the state and strongly endorses the innovation focus that UC is bringing to its curriculum, its students and its region.  UC is proud to recognize BB&T’s support by naming the Innovation Center lobby the BB&T Atrium.