The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors issued a resolution to officially name the University’s newest building G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall in honor of one of the University’s founders. The board took the action at its November 10 meeting.
The original G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall, formerly known as Tidewater Hall, was demolished to make way for the new state-of-the-art, 154,000 square-foot building that houses classrooms, performing arts, and offices for the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, the School of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College and Title III.
At the grand opening in August, the building was referred to as the G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall Replacement Building. Because there was no official name for the building, in September, President Eddie N. Moore, Jr. issued a Campus Announcement saying that the building would be referred to as the Business and Humanities Multiplex until Board action was taken on the matter.
The Board noted a growing interest in the Norfolk State community, including alumni and retirees, to name the building after G.W.C. Brown, one of the founders of Norfolk State. It passed the resolution which reads in part, “The Board recognizes the prominent place G.W.C. Brown holds in the history of Norfolk State University and therefore approves the naming of the building referred to as the Business and Humanities Multiplex to G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall this 10th day of November, 2017.”