Longwood University Receives Largest-Ever Donation

Longwood University on Wednesday announced the largest gift in the institution’s history, a $15 million contribution from philanthropist Joan Brock ’64, which will go toward the construction of a new convocation and events center next to Willett Hall. The facility, now in its early design stages, will echo Longwood’s traditional architectural style. Construction is aimed for completion by the spring of 2022.

The Joan Perry Brock Center will provide a gathering space for campus events and ceremonial traditions such as Convocation and the Honor and Integrity Ceremony, as well as serving as a much-needed location where the student body can assemble. And it will serve as an attraction across the region for high-caliber speakers as well as touring musicians and other performers – boosting the college-town energy of a resurgent Farmville.