Billye Suber Aaron Pavilion Now Open at Morehouse
School of Medicine
The new construction is part of Phase I in MSM’s four phase plan for growth
Ronna Charles Nu’Man
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA – May 17, 2017 – Just 15 months after breaking ground, the Billye Suber Aaron Pavilion was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Morehouse School of Medicine’s campus on Westview Drive. The two-story addition to the Hugh M. Gloster Building is the result of a $3 million donation from Atlanta Braves baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron and a $3 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The construction is named in honor of Aaron’s wife, Billye Suber Aaron.
“It’s indescribable. It’s just absolutely mind boggling to see my name on a building,” said Billye Suber Aaron. “This is something I never dreamed. I never dreamed that something like this could happen.” The Aarons have been supporters of MSM since its earliest days. They were aware of the need, then and now, for Georgia to have a medical school to train doctors to practice in underserved communities and advance health equity. “I hope it will contribute to whatever their studies are, whatever their dreams are in terms of getting their education in medicine, and having a place to relax and communicate with each other and enjoy the fruits of the labor here,” said Aaron about the new pavilion.
The new facility was designed to be the most visible building on campus with its glass façade. It also features an open-air rooftop space, meeting rooms, and informal gathering spaces designed to help MSM students, staff, and faculty connect and collaborate.
“The Billye Suber Aaron Pavilion is more than brick and mortar,” said Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine. “It is the conduit for our faculty to engage our students and impart upon them wisdom. It will be the grounds by which friendships are forged and lifelong colleagues are brought arm in arm to dare to make a difference.”
The Aaron Pavilion is part of Phase I in the school’s four phase “Expansion into the
Future Initiative.” The initiative includes renovations to expand class sizes, increased
technological resources and multidisciplinary learning spaces.
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