University of Alabama breaks ground on new welcome center

Bryce Main

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

The University of Alabama hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 1 for a new welcome center that will be located in the Bryce Main building.

Construction is underway for the new home of Undergraduate Admissions, which will be named the Catherine and Pettus Randall Welcome Center if approved.

The Randall Welcome Center is named after the late Pettus Randall and his wife Dr. Catherine J. Randall. They both have contributed to the school in various ways for decades.

“Once again, the Randall family is steadfastly demonstrating support and love for their beloved alma mater,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell in a statement. “Through their ongoing philanthropy and service to the community, the unique and personal way we welcome prospective students will be enhanced as we continued to draw the best and brightest to the Capstone.”

Cathy Randall also served on the campaign cabinet for the Performing Arts Academic Center that will adjoin the Bryce Main building which reached its $15 million fundraising goal.

“The University of Alabama is responsible for our family,” said Cathy Randall. “It is where my husband and I met and it’s where I spent my entire career, so our family wanted to be as supportive as we could in thanking the University for all that it has meant to us.”

Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Enrollment Dr. Matthew McLendon said they want students to enjoy their experience and feel like they’re home.

“I hear from so many prospective students who knew the University of Alabama was the right place for them as soon as they stepped foot on campus,” said McLendon in a statement. “The Randall Welcome Center will take our campus visit experience even further and will be the envy of colleges and universities across the country.”

This $83 million dollar project began in February and is scheduled to be completed by early 2024.

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