Friday, September 30, 2016

Past, Present, and Future: Andrews Hall

 The landscape of our beautiful campus is full of historic buildings, new amenities are also beginning to take shape in the skyline.  These buildings are sculpting their own story to add to MSU’s rich narrative.

Ground was broken for the Dr. Wayne D. and Susan H. Andrews Hall on March 19, 2015 and the five-story complex will be dedicated on September 30, 2016 making it the first main-campus residence hall to be built since Cartmell Tower in 1969. 

Standing on the former site of Regents and Wilson Halls at a cost of $28 million, the new hall will provide suite-style living space for 550 residents.  In addition to the living quarters, student/study meeting areas and community kitchens will be available for residential use.

The room types are a little different than what most have become accustomed to on campus.  Andrews Hall provides suite style options for two-person or four-person accommodation.  The two-person suites are double rooms that share a bathroom with another two-person room next to them.  The door from the bathroom to the room is lockable. 

Rooms come with a built in closet, sinks in the room, a desk and chair per person, and two full size beds.  Maximum privacy is achieved with the floor-to-ceiling wall that separates the sleeping areas.  The four-person suites house four people, who share two bathrooms and a community kitchen area. Within the four-person suites are four single, lockable bedrooms.  Each private bedroom is furnished with a built in closet, desk and chair, and a full size bed.

It is becoming increasingly exciting as we draw closer to the time of opening for this brand new facility.  Students temporarily being housed in Cartmell Hall are showing their anxiousness.  Tayler Singleton, a sophomore student to soon move into Andrews Hall, weighed in with his thoughts. 

“The full size beds are going to be awesome after a year of barely fitting on a twin,” said Singleton.  “Not to mention, the ceiling fans are going to offer a little more temperature control for those hotter months,” he added.  

Jacob Bryan, also a sophomore preparing to move said that he was "extremely pumped to get to be a part of the first generation of students in the hall" and that it was "pretty cool to be the first occupant of his room."

Andrews Hall is named after Dr. Wayne Andrews and his wife Susan.  Dr. Andrews is the 13th president of Morehead State University having served in that position since January of 2005.  He is a graduate of Fitchburg State University where he earned his bachelor’s and West Virginia University where he received his master’s and doctorate.  Andrews has nearly 40 years of higher education experience at three public, comprehensive universities.  He was appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher and then reappointed by Gov. Steve Beshear as one of Kentucky’s five representatives on the Southern Regional Education Board.  He has also served as President of the Ohio Valley Conference.  Dr. Andrews is a U.S. Army veteran whose hobbies include restoration of antique clocks and the singing and playing of traditional music. 

Mrs. Andrews works with several student organizations, volunteers, and is retired teacher. The couple have two children, Josh and Jill, and two grandchildren, Nico and Luka.  President and Mrs. Andrews reside on campus in the President’s Home which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

More photos of the hall, renderings, and construction are available at

Clock tower on Andrews Hall

Bathroom sinks in Andrews Hall

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