Celebrating the Bonners

GWU Board of Trustees Unveils Frank and Flossie Bonner Athletic Complex

Celebrating the Bonners

In honor of GWU President Dr. Frank Bonner and his wife, Flossie, the Gardner-Webb University Board of Trustees has officially named the football center as the Frank and Flossie Bonner Athletics Complex.

The designation recognizes the Bonners’ support of the Gardner-Webb athletics program. Under Bonner’s leadership, Gardner-Webb joined the Big South Conference as a full member for athletics. In addition, Bonner currently serves on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and in the past has served on the Committee on Academics for NCAA. He is also a past president of the Big South Conference.

Bonner retires Jan. 31 after 13 years as president. A few other highlights of his tenure include leading the University’s largest-ever capital campaign raising $46 million, receiving gifts to name the Hunt School of Nursing and Godbold School of Business, starting new doctoral programs in education and nursing, launching a Physician Assistant Studies Program, building the Tucker Student Center, purchasing and renovating the former Crawley Hospital for the College of Health Sciences and adding a science lab annex facility.

While the list of tangible achievements during his tenure are many, Bonner believes the University’s most important assets are its people.

“The greatest accomplishments are those of the entire University family in the shaping and enriching of the lives of so many students over the years,” Bonner observes. “Faculty and staff nurture, mentor and support students, and they go on to live meaningful lives of their own and to make other people’s lives better in various ways. They make our society a better place than they found it, and in so doing carry out Gardner-Webb’s purpose, ‘To Advance the Kingdom of God through Christian Higher Education.’”

Watch the Video in Recognition of the Bonners' Accomplishments