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 1911-2005

Myers Hall is home to the Marshall University H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Center. The building was constructed in 1992 entirely through private funding. More than 100 people from 25 states contributed to the original building fund to establish the one-story facility.

Wilbur E. Myers, was a retired District Manager for the Internal Revenue Service and as a principal supporter of the program, contributed a majority of the funding needed to complete the project. In appreciation, the building was dedicated and named in his honor. Wilbur demonstrated that he was devoted to the concept of service to others, and because he was so unpretentious in this manner and so effective in accomplishing goals, Marshall University is proud to claim Wilbur E. Myers as an Alumnus. By virtue of the authority vested in former Marshall President J. Wade Gilley, by the WV. Board of Trustees, and the faculty, the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters was conferred upon Wilbur E. Myers, the eleventh day of May, 1996.

Before his passing away earlier in 2005, Wilbur spent much of his time collecting art glass, much of which is on display at the Huntington Museum of Art. Wilbur donated a part of his collection to Marshall University which is on display in the Drinko Library. Wilbur Myers did much more than provide needed funding to the H.E.L.P. Program. He was an active member of the Board of Advisors and the Oversight Committee for H.E.L.P. He often was an advisor for students who have had personal problems and needed a “loving grandfather” in their lives. H.E.L.P. has honored him for being a “generous contributor and friend.” The H.E.L.P. Program will always be indebted to him for outstanding dedication and steadfast loyalty.

In 1999, construction was completed on an addition to Myers Hall. This expansion nearly doubled the size of the original building to 13,000 sq. ft which includes an expanded computer lab, additional tutoring space, multi-media room, and improved Medical H.E.L.P. facilities

Dr. Myers and many others have made it possible through their generosity to raise the necessary funding to build the addition. We at H.E.L.P. are very proud that on the campus of a state university, we have built a lovely building with $2,000,000 of private funding.

We are very excited about the prospects this unique and specialized program holds for its learning disabled students at Marshall University.

 

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