The project includes the Tony A. Mobley auditorium named after the former dean who served the school for twenty six years. Assistant Dean David Skirvin says the decision was made after wide consultation.
“The AAU, the Amateur Athletic Union, they made a great contribution in his honor for the naming of this auditorium and I also think in addition to that it was a combination of other supporters in our school- faculty and staff who think very highly of Tony Mobley because he was a great leader of our school for so many years,” Skirvin says.
Tony Mobley was at the dedication and says the investment in health studies is always important.
“It is a tremendously important area of study, the old Greek saying of a sound mind and a sound body is still true today as it has much as it’s ever been and with the rise of obesity in our country and other factors, health, wellness, recreation is definitely important,” Mobley says.
The facility includes two conference rooms and 32 new offices and replaced what used to be an open courtyard. Graduate Emily Myers says she will enjoy the new building.
“I definitely will, it was nice to have a little green space in the middle of HPER but I think with the new transition to a school of public health this is a step in the right direction.”
IU still plans to complete an additional laboratory space to help support future research projects.