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Kile-Ogle Hall Dedicated in Wednesday Ceremony
September 1, 2021

Walters State Community College formally dedicated Kile-Ogle Hall, the fourth building on the college’s Sevier County Campus, today. The building opened on time in fall 2020 while the pandemic put a hold on an official opening ceremony.
“This building is a beautiful and needed addition to the campus. While we are celebrating this morning outside, public safety health program students are busy learning inside,” Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State, said.
Kile-Ogle Hall honors longtime Sevier County businesswomen and supporters of the college, Emily B. Kile and Linda Ogle. 
Miksa also noted that Kile-Ogle Hall is the first building on the Walters State Sevier County Campus for which a majority of the funds – $11.3 million – were provided by the State of Tennessee. A local match of $1.2 million was provided by Kile, Ogle and the governmental entities of Sevier County, Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. 
The other three buildings were funded completely with donations from individuals and municipalities of Sevier County. Over $20 million has been invested in the campus.
“The people of Sevier County have proven how much they value higher education,” Miksa said.
“Emily and Linda are exemplars of servant leadership and philanthropy,” Miksa said.
“Emily led the way to renovate the library on this campus with her donations and influence in the community. Through her efforts, we doubled the size of the library and added room for a tutoring lab. Linda provided funds for the development of the culinary arts baking kitchen and many other initiatives benefitting our students. Together, they have either donated or secured funds totaling over $2 million dollars to benefit Walters State’s faculty, staff and students.”
Kile and Ogle both said they were honored and humbled. 
“This is the perfect time for a dedication ceremony,” said Kile. “Usually, you tour an empty building. Now, everything is in place. You can see rooms set up like an operating room. The building even has a place for the ambulance used by EMT students.” 
The building houses much-needed classroom and laboratory space for the college’s popular health care and public safety programs. 
“I am so proud of this campus, the professors and students. Everyone is so supportive of Walters State and how it helps Sevier County,” Ogle said. 
Miksa also recognized his predecessors, Dr. Jack E. Campbell and Dr. Wade B. McCamey, both of whom were in attendance. He said the leadership and vision of these two men impacted not only Sevier County, but all of East Tennessee."
BarberMcMurray Architects is the architect of record and Johnson & Gaylon is the contractor for the project. 

In the photo: Emily B. Kile and Lina N. Ogle.