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Radford University announced on Feb. 3 that the Board of Visitors passed a resolution to rename the College of Business and Economics (COBE) building to Kyle Hall after President Penelope Kyle.
This choice was a way to honor her work and dedication to the university since 2005, when Kyle became Radford’s first female president.
Since being president, Kyle has helped the university grow. In recent years, three new buildings have opened and a fourth is currently under construction. These include the newly renamed Kyle Hall or COBE, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the Center for the Sciences, and the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building.
The building cost $44 million to construct and is 110,000-square-feet. It includes auditorium-style classrooms, conference rooms, and spaces for students to do homework in called breakout rooms. It features the latest educational technologies in all of the classrooms.
President Kyle is a tenured member of the COBE faculty. Before becoming president of Radford, Kyle had more than 30 years of experience in state government, higher education, and the corporate and legal world.
While the building has gone by COBE since it opened, the name seemed to be temporary. Some students will find it hard to transition to the new name.
“For three years now, I’ve been calling that building COBE. It’s going to be difficult to remember the new name when asked,” senior Holle’ Draughn said. “I have a hard enough time remembering the hall names now, this is not going to make it any easier. Maybe they should have just called it Kyle Hall from the beginning.”
Kyle Hall will continue to be the home of the College of Business and Economics and will continue to hold classes.