“Never Despise Small Beginnings”: Regent’s Campus Then and Now
“Never despise small beginnings.” It’s a phrase of Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, Regent University Founder, Chancellor & CEO, that embodies his hope in God’s direction.
More than 40 years ago, Dr. Robertson had a dream. That dream was to start a school, an institution of higher education, for God’s glory.
Fast forward and enter Regent University — a school with a lively campus, a diverse set of degree programs, and a body of students and alumni dedicated to being Christian leaders in a host of different fields and realms of influence.
As we sail past our 40thanniversary, we hope to take the opportunity to reflect on our “small beginnings” and the distance we’ve come since.
Dr. Robertson Addressing Graduates
Cameras roll as Dr. Pat Robertson delivers an address to a past class of Regent University — then, CBN University — on the steps of the Administration Building.
The Library Plaza
A Little Brick Goes a Long Way. Cranes lumber over a barren patch of dirt that now serves as a brick-paved plaza for the Library and Robertson Hall. If it’s a pleasant day, chances are you’ll see some students out there soaking up the vitamin D.
What was once an empty shell of brick metal framework now houses a plethora of books and research materials.
The Enduring Chandelier
While most of the imagery in these two shots contrast, nothing has changed about the brass chandelier that serving as centerpiece for each.
A Row of Arches
Below a second-floor balcony, workers construct arches flanking the Library’s first-floor entrance from within its partially completed lobby. More workers would install window panels underneath them.
The Atrium from Above
It’s still the same room, just from a lot higher. This shot from a lofty perch in the Library lobby reveals a glimpse of the atrium in an unfinished state.
A Place for Flags
Bare of flags, bricks, or any frills of the sort, the skeletal structure that is the Library lobby embodies the term “bare bones.”
The Final Stage of Robertson Hall Construction
Named after Dr. Robertson’s father, Senator A. Willis Robertson, the nearly finished Robertson Hall sporting fresh brick sits tall and square in the sun.
Robertson Hall Parking Lot, feat. It’s Neighbor
This side of Robertson Hall now faces a parking lot. Cars and asphalt occupy what a simple patch of dirt did then. In the distance, one of the Library’s corners protrudes into the frame.
The Sidewalk to the Future
Construction workers put finishing touches on the building. The sidewalk in the foreground metaphorically etches towards the area of campus where buildings, such as the Communication Building and the Commons, would stand much later.