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Voorhees College announces ribbon cutting and dedication for new fitness center

Voorhees College officially opens its new fitness center during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.

Charlene Johnson, vice president for student affairs and director of athletics, will lead the ceremony. Ronnie Hopkins, Voorhees president, will make remarks. The blessing and dedication of the fitness center will follow remarks.

Those participating in the ribbon cutting along with Hopkins and Johnson include Gerald Wright, mayor of Denmark, Joshua Gayle,  president of the Voorhees Student Government Association, and Calvin Williams, assistant professor of sports management, who will provide additional remarks.

The new 800 square-foot center includes strength training equipment, cardiovascular training equipment, medicine balls, multipurpose training machines and resistance bands. It will be open to Voorhees faculty, staff and non-athlete (general population) students.

Guests are invited to attend the ribbon cutting and experience the new fitness center.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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