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2008 News Releases

Longwood Board approves acquisition of historic Hardy House in Farmville

December 12, 2008

Members of the Longwood University Board of Visitors were given a special tour of the new Center for Communication Studies and Theatre. TOP: Members of the Longwood University Board of Visitors were given a special tour of the new Center for Communication Studies and Theatre. MIDDLE: The new Center will feature the latest technology and a flexible 174-seat “black box” theatre. BOTTOM: Joining the tour were Longwood juniors Ashley Jarrett (L), an elementary education major from Virginia Beach and Caitlin Revene, a communications major from Richmond who also serves as the student representative to the BoV.

The Longwood University Board of Visitors during its meeting Dec. 5-6, 2008 on campus, took the following actions:

  • allocated $350,000 from the university’s Housing Reserve Fund to build a new roof on ARC residence hall.
  • approved acquiring the Daniel-Hardy House at 303 Beech Street for $1 from the Longwood University Foundation Inc. Longwood has leased the house, usually called the Hardy House, for $1 a year since it was donated to the Foundation in 1998 by the Wiley H. and James C. Wheat Jr. Foundation. It has been used as office space for Conferences and Scheduling and the internal auditor, and a computer lab was recently installed in the basement. It is one of the oldest (circa 1840) surviving homes in Farmville’s Historic District and was the childhood home of Wiley Hardy Wheat, a 1943 Longwood graduate who is the widow of James C. Wheat Jr. (a prominent Richmond business and civic leader) and the granddaughter of longtime Longwood president Joseph Jarman.
  • approved delegating authority to the president, or the president’s designees, to approve utility easements directly related to the operation of the university. These transactions will be presented to the Board of Visitors at its next regular meeting. All other easements will be approved in advance by the Board.
  • approved new policies, as well as policy deletions and revisions, for Information and Instructional Technology Services. The new policies have been created to fulfill the requirements of the state information security standards.
  • approved emerita status for Dr. Martha Cook, professor of English, who will retire at the end of the spring semester after 36 years at Longwood.

The next regular meeting of the Longwood University Board of Visitors will take place March 27-28 on campus.