BANGOR – With a snip of the ceremonial scissors, Randy Wadleigh, the president and chief executive officer of Governor’s Restaurant marked the opening of the new Wadleigh Academic Center at Husson University that bears his family’s name. The dedication ceremony took place on March 19 in the lobby of Husson’s Newman Athletic Complex.
The new facility, immediately adjacent to the athletic complex’s lobby, is designed to help athletes and other students, better prepare for academic success. It has a comfortable adaptable design that encourages student collaboration and learning.
“This project is a testament to our values,” said Husson University President Robert A. Clark. “When entering the Newman Athletic Complex, one immediately sees the Wadleigh Academic Center on the right. Having an academic space dedicated to learning in the heart of our athletic facilities clearly demonstrates Husson University’s dedication to a student’s education.”
A significant portion of the ceremony was dedicated to honoring Randy Wadleigh and his wife Angela, whose generous donation made the Wadleigh Academic Center possible. He is a 1987 graduate of Husson University, where he majored in business administration. He was also a member of the Husson men’s basketball team and understands, first hand, the challenges that students experience in trying to strike a balance between athletics and academics. In 1999, Randy Wadleigh was inducted into Husson University’s Sports Hall of Fame.
“There isn’t a day that goes by in my life, both professionally and personally, that the lessons I learned as a student athlete don’t help improve my company and my family life,” said Wadleigh.
“Sports has the power to teach us important skills including leadership, teamwork, how to win, and perhaps most importantly, how to lose,” said Frank Pergolizzi, director of athletics at Husson University. “These are important experiences that each of us needs in order to have successful careers and successful lives. Equally important, if not more important to the success one achieves in life, is education. Helping all our students, including our student athletes, get a great education and become successful is what we’re all about here at Husson University.”
“At Husson, we believe that our athletic offerings produce well-rounded student-athletes who embrace the spirit of competition while becoming community and professional leaders,” added Husson Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan. “Our student-athletes recognize the “student” part of the title always comes first and that the entire collegiate experience should be embraced.”

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