Pearson Hall is the first of three new buildings that are part of a sweeping overhaul of the Upper Quad.
The new Corps of Cadets residence hall on the Upper Quad contains 234 dorm rooms with study and lounge spaces on each level. The 101,422-square-foot building has five above-ground floors, a basement, and a room for storing the corps' cannon, Skipper.
In its new residence halls, the corps intends to recognize the men for whom the older residence halls were named: former professors Col. William Mayo Brodie and William Henry Rasche, and Medal of Honor winners and alumni Jimmie Waters Monteith Jr. and Herbert J. Thomas Jr. Within the new buildings, the corps also intends to honor all other Virginia Tech alumni who have received the Medal of Honor.
James and Renae Pearson
J. Pearson, who goes by his initial, earned his bachelor's in agricultural and applied economics in 1987 from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Renae Pearson earned her bachelor's in family and child development in 1990 from what is now the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. They live in Lavonia, Georgia.
J. Pearson credited his experiences in both the Corps of Cadets and the agriculture and applied economics program with preparing him for professional success.
He founded Carry-on Trailer Inc., which grew to become the nation's largest manufacturer of trailers, trailer parts, and related accessories. When he sold the company in 2010, it had more than 1,000 employees. In 2013, he founded P & L Enterprises LLC., a private equity firm.
The Pearsons are members of the President's Circle within Virginia Tech's Ut Prosim Society of donors. J. Pearson was a member of the Gold Cord Committee during the university's most recent fundraising campaign, chairs the fundraising committee for the Corps Leadership and Military Science Building, and is chairman of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni board of directors. He also is a professor of practice within the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Video from the Pearson Hall dedication on Nov. 20, 2015
Map Grid: N-3
Building Number: 0002
Originally Built: 2015