Businessman gives $1 million to University of the Cumberlands

WILLIAMSBURG — Prominent Somerset businessman Ward Correll has pledged a $1 million gift to the University of the Cumberlands that will go toward completion of the $6.5 million Ward Correll Health, Wellness and Exercise Center, the school announced this week.

University of the Cumberlands President Jim Taylor described the pledge as a "transformational gift" that will be a "significant and very substantial" addition to the university's campus center.

The center will house the school's student center, intramural recreational program, a community outreach room and a counseling area for nutrition, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress management, emotional health and smoking cessation, along with exercise areas.

The facility and its programs will be made available to residents in the surrounding area as part of the university's effort to promote better health and quality of life in the region, according to a release from the school.

The center will be part of an addition onto the Boswell Student Center. Excavation work is under way, but it is not clear when construction will begin.

University of the Cumberlands, a Baptist school, has an enrollment of 2,955, according to its Web site.