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March 31, 2011

In early January, the University announced its plans to join with the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to repurpose the former Dimon Headquarters on Bridge Street. On Wednesday, March 23, the three organizations came together to share with the media and the community their plans for the building.

"This project would never have been possible without the collaboration of all three organizations," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "We're excited about the chance to be in this district and part of the change. This move is central to our mission to expand economic growth in the region."

The Riverview Campus, as the University has named it, will house the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program administrative and admissions offices as well as classrooms. In addition, the University's new expanded health sciences initiative will be housed there.

"We are very excited about our upcoming move into the Historic Tobacco Warehouse District," said Kendall Carter, interim dean of the GPS Program. "It will be a great benefit to our adult students to have our academic and enrollment staff members in one location, which will allow us to better serve and help them. This move will also allow us to be in a learning environment much like we have across the Commonwealth at our other campuses."

The University will be completely moved into its half of the building by the fall.