Saint Leo University celebrated the grand opening of Kirk Hall at its University Campus on Thursday, October 15, during an early evening ribbon cutting ceremony attended by dignitaries, donors, and other invited guests. Building tours were conducted prior to the formal dedication ceremony.
Kirk Hall is named for university president emeritus Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr., who retired from Saint Leo in summer 2015, after more than 18 years at the university. He and his family also attended the special event.
“The naming of this state-of-the-art academic building so beautifully designed to support the most innovative and advanced teaching methods and to enhance student engagement in their learning is an honor beyond my imagination,” said Dr. Kirk. “My heart is full of gratitude for all the trustees, donors, and colleagues who honor me and full of joy that our students and faculty possess the absolute best academic resources available anywhere today. They deserve nothing less.”
The recently opened, four-story, 48,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic building anchors the University Campus’ main entrance with its neighboring academic building that houses the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. Kirk Hall is the 11th new building at University Campus, in addition to three renovations, within the last 13 years.
Kirk Hall is the new home for classes in liberal arts, education, criminal justice, and social work, as well as graduate-level classes for continuing professional education. It provides 16 classrooms, academic support services, and faculty offices.