JACKSON, Miss.–Belhaven University had a ceremonial ground breaking Friday for a new international student center to be located on campus.
That building is expected to be around 18,000 square feet and cost $4 million according to school officials.
Belhaven president Dr. Roger Parrott spoke to the crowd gathered about the significance of the future center.
“We currently have two dozen countries represented in our student body, and with this center named for Dr. Billy Kim, we expect that number to grow,” said Dr. Parrott. “It is important for us to bring the world to Mississippi, so they can learn with us, and for us to learn from them.”
The building will indeed be named for Dr. Billy Kim of South Korea who spoke at the event too.
Dr. Kim is a broadcaster, pastor, influential leader and has served as an advisor for former South Korean presidents.
The building will be able to hold banquets, classes, and will also have a large kitchen for international students and others to come together and socialize.
Currently Belhaven University has around 100 international students from those two dozen countries.