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Regent University Renames Student Center after Dede Robertson

The Regent University board of trustees has voted to officially change the name of its student center to the Dede Robertson Student Center in honor of the late wife of Christian Broadcasting Network founder and 700 Club host Pat Robertson.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia-based university also announced it will break ground this fall on a patio addition to the student center designed by Dede Robertson before she died. 

“Mrs. Robertson’s heart was to create not just a physical home for Regent students, but also to provide beautiful spaces to fellowship with each other and with their Creator. This patio will be such a place,” the university said.

The space will include a covered pergola with retractable screens to provide protection from the elements, a gas fire pit, Adirondack chairs, dining tables and chairs, ceiling fans, and ambient bistro lighting.

The green space between the school’s library and communication building also will undergo improvements, with additional lighting, Adirondack chairs, fire pits and tables, and a giant chess board.

Adele “Dede” Robertson died at her Virginia Beach home April 19 at the age of 94. Her funeral services were held at Regent, which was founded by her husband in 1978 as CBN University. The school serves 11,000 students.

“I want to thank the Robertson family and the generous benefactors who made this expansion possible,” said Chris Lambert, vice president for advancement at Regent University. “Because of their generosity, this new patio will provide students, faculty, alumni and friends with a beautiful outdoor setting to study, enjoy campus activities, and develop the lifelong connections that make Regent University special.”

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