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Wingate University

Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, in North Carolina, United States.


220 North Camden Road

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The mission of Wingate University is to develop educated, ethical, and productive citizens at home and abroad. Following its Judeo-Christian heritage, the University seeks to cultivate the following in its students: Knowledge, Faith, and Service.
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South Atlantic

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Founded in 1896, Wingate University is located 20 miles southeast of Charlotte, N.C. � nestled midway between the North Carolina mountains and coast. With a student body of approximately 2,500, the Wingate campus is a safe, close-knit and supportive community. Its graceful architecture, manicured grounds and comfortable proximity are reminiscent of a small town. Once you pass through the impressive front gates, you will find Wingate's spacious 400-acre campus including woods, lakes, rolling lawns, stately buildings and first-class athletic and academic facilities. In keeping with the belief that diversity of experience is essential to a well-rounded education, Wingate University is home to a variety of cultural facilities which are managed by The Batte Center. Serving over 100,000 people annually, these inviting spaces host 500+ events each year ranging from concerts to art openings to plays and speakers for Wingate and the surrounding community. Hosting a broad array of events since its completion in 1960, the 999-seat Austin Memorial Chapel Auditorium is named for the late Mr. and Mrs. John M. Austin of Wadesboro. The auditorium was remodeled in 1980 to accommodate a custom-built, 30-stop Holtkamp organ given by the late Thelma Rivers, an alumna of the Wingate School, in honor of the Rivers family: Miss Alma Rivers, L.D. Rivers, and Theodore Rivers. In 1999, Wingate unveiled the $8.5 million George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. Located across the street from Austin and nestled amongst lush landscaping, this 44,000 square-foot home for the visual and performing arts includes two professional performance spaces, the C. Douglas Helms Art Gallery, a growing Music Department and the cultural arts offices. The light-filled Rotunda Lobby features a Carolina sky mural, custom carpet medallion and art displays that make the Batte an inviting place for the community to gather. The main performance hall of the Batte Center is the 554-seat Hannah Covington McGee Theatre which honors Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee�s late wife, a life-long patron of the arts. Boasting unobstructed views and full-sized proscenium stage house, the McGee Theatre is the perfect setting for concerts, plays and dance events. The 174-seat Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall provides an intimate and acoustically sensitive space for student and faculty presentations. It is named for Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Plyler, former North Carolina senator, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Griffin of Monroe. Hannah McGee Hannah Covington McGee Theatre The Center honors George A. Batte, Jr. who, during his college summers at Davidson College, worked in the Cannon Textile Mills. Unable to attend medical school as planned due to the Great Depression�s economic hardship after his graduation from Davidson in 1927, he returned to the mill and he became administrative assistant to mill owner Charles A. Cannon in 1936. Batte worked us way up through the ranks to top management of Cannon Mills and The Cannon Foundation, the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts of Concord and Wiscasset Mills Company of Albemarle. With a career of 55 years, his college major in chemistry and his humanitarian and corporate skills bore fruit. Batte�s exemplary public service extended from the formation of the first public hospital in Cabarrus County in 1936 to the George A. Batte Jr. Cancer Center in 1997, which honored his major efforts toward development of the NorthEast Medical Center. �He wanted to make sure people had a good place to go to a hospital, so he built them one,� said a colleague at Cannon Mills. Wingate University was a major beneficiary of Batte�s leadership, generosity, and his association with Charles A. Cannon. Batte�s contributions to Wingate and to the region and his vision are honored by the splendid Fine Arts Center. Friends described him as �a humble and conservative businessman who was as prone to telling jokes as he was to solving problems.� His place on the Wingate campus is a celebration of his life and gifts to Cabarrus and Union Counties.

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The mission of Wingate University is to develop educated, ethical, and productive citizens at home and abroad. Following its Judeo-Christian heritage, the University seeks to cultivate the following in its students: Knowledge, Faith, and Service.



Anthony Dean Griffey, four-time Grammy Award-winning singer with the Metropolitan Opera Lorinza Harrington, former National Basketball Association player Jesse Helms, former Republican Senator Rohit Gupta, film director Luke Mulholland, Major League Soccer player