East Tennessee State University celebrated the grand reopening of Lamb Hall with an afternoon of special events and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 14.
Named for Dr. John P. Lamb Jr., the building serves as a hub for the university’s health-related programs, including the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
The first request for state funding to renovate the building was made in 1994, and now, nearly 30 years later, that dream is a reality with the completion of the $26 million renovation. The work that began in 2017 has transformed the building’s exterior and interior spaces.
“This building features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, many of which bear the mark of the individuals who forged the path so that we could be here celebrating today,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. “We would like to thank our esteemed members of the Tennessee General Assembly, as well as Governor Bill Lee. Today’s events, along with many other exciting developments occurring on this campus, would not have been possible without their support and advocacy.”
ETSU Board of Trustees members, community members, elected officials, and ETSU students, faculty and staff attended the grand-reopening celebration. Rep. Rebecca Alexander spoke at the event, which also included a ribbon-cutting and remarks from students Mary Brannock and Erica Carter; ETSU Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Ross; ETSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly D. McCorkle; and Noland.
Beatrice Wynn, the great grand-niece of Lamb, also attended the ceremony.