WVU Announces New Club Level, Academic Center

West Virginia University student-athletes will soon benefit from the Reynolds Family Academic Performance Center as part of the WVU football complex at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

In addition, the Robert and Erma Hartley Club Level, which will include new premium seating in the south end zone and offer upscale fan amenities in a climate-controlled environment, will be built adjacent to the Academic Performance Center. The Reynolds Family Academic Performance Center - more than five times the size of the existing study center - will occupy nearly 5,600 sq. ft. on the upper floor of the Puskar Center. The facility will feature 30 computer stations, four tutoring rooms, eight small-group study stations and a library-style open area for non-structured, individual or small group academic work.

The Reynolds Family Academic Performance Center enhances WVU's commitment to academic excellence and the well-rounded student-athlete, as well as serving as a key recruiting tool for prospective Mountaineers. The leadership commitment for the facility was made by Robert L. Reynolds, a Clarksburg, W.Va., native and WVU graduate who currently serves as Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments in Boston, Mass. In addition, Mr. Reynolds serves as a member of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors.

The Robert and Erma Hartley Club Level will include new chairback seats and a 2,500 sq. ft. climate-controlled Club Area. The Club Area will offer upscale fan amenities on game days but also provide additional study hall space for student-athletes during peak hours. The leadership commitment for this facility was made by R. Dean Hartley, a Moundsville, W.Va., native and his wife, Charlene. Mr. Hartley is a WVU Law School graduate who currently serves as partner with the Wheeling-based firm Hartley and O'Brien PLLC, and also as chair of the Mountaineer Athletic Club's Development Council at WVU. The facility will be named in honor of Robert Hartley and the late Erma Hartley of Moundsville, W.Va.

The formal design process for both the Academic Performance Center and Club Level is due for completion this winter and construction is expected to begin in early 2007 pending formal approval by the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

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