BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College continues to transform and elevate its campus experience with the announcement of a completed athletic expansion project, unveiled during the Build for a Lifetime Campaign Kickoff. This project was created to enhance the student experience and provide state-of-the-art facilities for the entire campus community.  

One of the exciting components of the athletic expansion is a brand-new fitness center, dedicated to Georgiana N. ’71 and Robert F. Riley, Jr. ’67. The space is accessible to the entire campus community, extending beyond just student-athletes. It also provides multiple televisions, a wide range of cardio equipment and resources including treadmills, stair masters, ellipticals, and more. Bethany College is also excited to offer this space to all within the town of Bethany. 

“This center serves as a vital resource for recruitment, and for the health and wellness of our current students, faculty, and staff,” says Bethany President Dr. Jamie Caridi.” It also builds community on our campus, which is a core element of a Bethany education.” 

The project includes comprehensive branding efforts, ensuring a cohesive and visually captivating environment throughout the facilities. From dynamic signage to engaging visual elements and technology, these enhancements create a sense of pride and identity inspired by our strong connection between the College and the Bethany community. All common areas were also updated with new flooring and paint for a more cohesive design.  

Bethany College would like to extend immense gratitude to the project’s lead donors, Georgiana ‘71 and Robert Riley Jr. ‘67, whose generosity and commitment have made this renovation possible. Their unwavering support has allowed us to create an exceptional environment for Bethanians and elevate the overall student experience at Bethany College. The College would also like to thank the Class of 1977, Charles O. McAfee ’59, The Mary Jane Brooks Charitable Trust, and all our generous donors for their substantial donations to the project.  

“The athletic expansion at Bethany College represents a significant milestone for our institution,” says Director of Athletics Brian Sansom. “These new amenities will not only benefit our student-athletes but also the entire campus community, and we are excited to create a welcoming environment that promotes the health and wellness goals of our students, athletes, faculty, and staff.” 

Among the features of the athletic expansion is the establishment of a new Athletic Hall of Fame area, providing a dedicated space to honor and celebrate the rich athletic history and achievements of Bison. This interactive display provides information on all Hall of Fame members, including their records and more.  

The Georgiana N. ‘71 and Robert F. Riley, Jr. ‘67 Fitness Center is located just inside Hummel Field House and is now open to all.