Smith makes Wise gift
at Wise received its largest gift ever April 24, a $3 million
pledge earmarked for the completion of the schools football
gift, announced by President
John T. Casteen III, is being given through the Richmond-based
Community Foundations fund as advised by Carl W. Smith of
1997, Smith, a native of Wise and a U.Va. alumnus, pledged $25
million to the Universitys athletics department. The bulk
of Smiths unrestricted gift $23 million was
used to expand Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. The remaining
$2 million was for construction of phase one of the first football
stadium at U.Va.s College at Wise in Southwest Virginia.
It included construction of the field and extensive site preparation
for phase two.
new pledge will cover stadium seating, lighting, restrooms, concessions
and a field house. Completion is scheduled for September 2003,
and early plans call for 2,600 seats and the lights to be in place
for this falls season-opener.
gifts from Smith and his wife, Hunter, have supported U.Va.s
schools of architecture,
medicine and the
Darden School, the
Medical Center and the Jefferson Scholars Program.