A Special Message to Gardner-Webb Students

To:      Gardner-Webb Students

From:  Frank Bonner, President

Date:   May 13, 2014


Congratulations on successful completion of the academic year.  I hope it has been a great year for you, and I would be especially interested in hearing from you with regard to anything I can do to make your experience even better.

To those who have graduated, I extend special congratulations. You should be proud of this very important milestone in your life.  You have my very best wishes for continued success, and I hope you will stay in touch with your Alma Mater.

To those of you returning, I look forward to seeing you in the fall or perhaps this summer.  Whatever your plans for the summer, I hope it will be a productive and enjoyable time.

I would like to share with you some of the campus improvements that will be made over the summer and that you will find when you return:

The bridge at Lake Hollifield is nearing completion and will be in use soon.

New street signs have been installed, and new signage identifying buildings and facilities will be in place, or nearly so, when you return in the fall.

I am sure you are already aware of the front gate digital sign that is far better and more attractive for announcing events and welcoming visitors to campus.

Over the summer, we will invest approximately four hundred thousand dollars in improvements to residence halls, too many to list here.

Major improvements for safety and convenience on Stadium Drive will be made this summer.  The state of North Carolina will repave the road and add sidewalks and bike paths, and the University will install lighting, through the remaining portion of Stadium Drive from the Football Center up to Cliffside Road. 

I hope also that when you return in the fall you will feel a strong sense of returning to your second home—a welcoming and supportive Christian community based on strong relationships, friendships, and personal attention from dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to your success.

There has been much attention to the “rebranding.”  This does not constitute a change in the University or its mission, but rather an effort to clarify what distinguishes Gardner-Webb—what sets it apart from other universities.  Of these distinguishing characteristics, three stand out: our Christian community, our efforts to be a “student-centered” University, and our commitment to partnering with our students in pursuing your educational and personal goals. As we do so, we are well aware that college is expensive, so I want to assure you that we work to hold down costs and help as much as possible with financial aid, all the while confronting increasing expenses of providing a top quality educational experience.

Finally, please remember that I am personally committed to your success and a great experience for you at Gardner-Webb.  So, if I can ever help—or if you would simply like to talk things over—please get in touch.


P.S.  If you have not found it already, there is a great free app called “Gardner-Webb Student Life” for both iPhone and Android.  At your app store, simply search “Gardner-Webb.”